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Jena Schwartz
Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life

Ready, Set, Write

Do you live in the Amherst area and fall prey to “not enough time” when it comes to writing? Now is your chance to bust that myth by showing up every week to get words on the page. This drop-in group is designed for students, professionals, and parents who need support and accountability without making a longer-term commitment to a group. Each weekly session will include a 5-minute check-in, 45 minutes of silent writing time, and 10 minutes of optional sharing and reflections.

Tuesdays (in person) 12:00 - 1:00pm (starts September 24, 2019)

Room to Write

The inaugural 8-week in-person writing group at the Fierce Encouragement Headquarters in Amherst, MA. You'll have the opportunity to practice writing with a variety of prompts. The goal is not to produce anything, although that might be a byproduct. Instead, we'll focus on the freedom of showing up and having permission to simply start and keep going. Expect chocolate, camaraderie, and creative joy!

October 2 - November 27, 2019

Transitions {2-week group}

For 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, this group will give you creative inspiration and freedom! Come quiet your inner quiet, shake the words loose from the cages, and connect with others in a supportive, warm, encouraging space.

October 7 - 18, 2019

49 Reasons

This 7-week group will begin with an examination of some of your old decision stories, move on to identify a specific decision you’re currently sitting with, unearth and bust open some of the unconscious influences that might affect or alter your authentic beliefs and desires, and ultimately move you towards concrete steps for moving forward.  

October 21 - December 6, 2019

Dive Into Poetry

A month-long poetry party is by the people and for the people — WE, THE PEOPLE. Going strong since 2016, participation can be totally solo and self-paced, or as part of a group of fellow poetry seekers and lovers. Each Dive is different, and includes original poems by Jena, links to poets who may be new to you, and invitations to stretch your writing wings in all kinds of new ways.

November 1 - 30, 2019


One learns by thinking about writing and by talking about writing, but primarily through writing.”

~Mary Oliver