Jena Schwartz
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Jena Schwartz
Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life
 
 
 

Lover of words and humanity since 1974.

 
 
 
 
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I’m here because this isn’t work we can do alone.

Showing up, telling our stories, and taking good care of ourselves and each other through how we live and write — that’s why I’m here. Thank you for being on the other side of the words — and for sharing your own.

 
 
 
 
 

“Jena offers sacred space for deep connection with self and rare fellowship with others, a safe haven.” ~ Krista Fretwell

 
 
 
 

*If you’re curious about the official stuff, like where I went to school, you can see that here.

I’d rather tell you…

 
 
 
Jena Schwartz | Editing, Coaching, Writing Groups + Retreats

…how I love the way the light kisses the houseplants on the southern-facing windowsills in my little kitchen, which doubles most of the time as my home office. I’d rather tell you that I’m a recovering overachiever and perfectionist, dedicated to living these words from Mary Oliver: “It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.”

 

 

…what you won’t find on any resume: I’m an extroverted introvert, a lover of trees and fresh water swimming and babies and bulldogs, and a rabbi at heart. That I’m more committed to intersectional feminism and dismantling white supremacy than I am to having everyone like me — and that this, too, is a practice.

Jena Schwartz | Editing, Coaching, Writing Groups + Retreats
 

 
Jena Schwartz | Editing, Coaching, Writing Groups + Retreats

…that kids teased me when I was little because of how my eyes scrunch up when I smile, and how in my mid-40s, I’ve come to love my deep smile lines.


 
 
 
 
 
 

“Jena is exactly what you hope for in a writing coach.

Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and she’s willing to share her own unedited work, too. She’s able to create an environment of trust and honesty. My experiences her writing groups have been unforgettable.”

~ Amy Carlson


 
 
 
 
 

All of my work, from writing groups to retreats to individual coaching, is devoted to creating safe and brave spaces where we get to write, share, and connect.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“A space of discovery that cracks you open.

Jena helps you remember why on earth you wanted to write in the first place. Practicing with her and the other participants was pure joy. There were no ‘shoulds’ or ‘have to’s’ or judgments. Just love, generosity, and practice. I am so grateful for this experience.”

~ Wendy Wisner

 
 
 
 
 

Let’s connect

Serendipitous connections, unexpected collaborations, and simple greetings — three of my favorite things. Get in touch!

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“Jena creates, holds space, and inspires like nobody’s business.” ~ Emily Armstrong Oberto

 
 
 
 
 
 

I live in Amherst, Massachusetts with my kids, Aviva and Pearl, my beautiful wife, Mani, and our bulldog, Chalupa.

Jena Schwartz | Editing, Coaching, Writing Groups + Retreats

My life and work have been anything but predictable, which is how I wound up here, promptressing and poeting and practicing. I talk a lot about practice. It’s the basis for my writing and life, for how I parent and how I work with writers. To me, practice means we don’t have to hit the bullseye, we just have to throw the arrow. Permission to stumble, self-forgiveness, fierce compassion for the ache and beauty of being human — these inform and guide me. I’m not interested in love and light; I’m interested in the truth.