Somehow, someone finally needs to encourage us to be inquisitive about this unknown territory and about the unanswerable question of what’s going to happen next.
— Pema Chödrön, "When Things Fall Apart"

About this group:

Limited to 12 participants, this 2-week group offers a uniquely intimate and intensive experience of personal attention and readership.  Given permission to write without editing or polishing as you go, you'll see things you've never noticed before and generate writing that will surprise you with its truth and beauty. Our secret Facebook group is a refuge, where kindness reigns supreme.

How will it work?

* Receive a handcrafted prompt in your inbox each morning, Monday through Friday.
* Set a timer for 10 minutes each day to write without stopping to edit, delete, or ruminate.
* Share your words each day in our secret Facebook group, where we will loosen up even the most stubborn of inner critics.

Who should join?

Anyone who wishes to write freely and without self-censoring, be it to generate new material for potential future use, or as a tool of self-exploration and healing. Whether or not you consider yourself a "writer," this 2-week group will offer you structure and encouragement for your writing practice.



Upon checkout, you will also have the option to add a donation to the Community Writers Fund. This fund provides scholarships to those who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in writing groups.



Kind Words

Jena Schwartz’s classes will help you redefine your writing process. Do you believe 10 minutes aren’t enough to cultivate a writing practice? Think again. Those few minutes will change your life. I encourage all writers, beginners, as well as seasoned veterans to dive into Jena’s classes. Your writing and spirit will thank you.
— Rudri Bhatt Patel
Jena is helping me find my voice again, helping me develop bravery, helping me see that, perhaps, my writing is not so heinously awful as I thought. Or, even if it is, that I should write anyway.
— Teresa Molitor Luttrell
I’ve never been a ‘prompt’ person but these prompts nudge me gently to look at my life through a different lens and inspire me to dig a little deeper and honor the stories that are waiting to be written.
— Sue Ann Gleason
Jena creates a space of discovery. She cracks you open. She 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

What If You Knew?

What if you knew
that everything was going to be okay,
that something was in motion
beyond your field of vision,
beyond even the periphery
of your knowing?

What if you knew
that everything you want,
everything you’ve been seeking,
trying to figure out, missing,
is right here, already whole
in your hands, in your life?

What if taking in what is
could satisfy your longing?
What if you could rest your frantic, racing, busy mind
and rest your neglected, tired body,
put your head down in someone’s lap
to have your hair stroked,
like a cat, or a child?

What if you didn’t need to understand
how it works,
but could enjoy the magic
of how love shows itself
in the most unexpected, simplest of gestures?
What if everything is just as it should be?

What if nothing had to be better,
bigger, different, or other?

What would you do then?
Who would you be?

(December 2008)