2-WEEK GROUPS: March 19-30

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, from “When Things Fall Apart”


Whether or not you consider yourself a “writer,” this group will offer you structure and encouragement for your writing practice.

Expect to receive daily emails, each containing inspiration and a suggested writing prompt. All participants are invited into a secret writing cave (aka Facebook group), where we share, connect, take risks, laugh, play, and loosen up even the most stubborn of inner critics.

Groups begin on Mondays and conclude two Fridays later, with emails going out Monday-Friday. Those who wish to continue will have the opportunity to work with me privately.

“Best writing prompts I’ve ever come across. 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 your 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

* A warm, supportive opportunity to begin or deepen your writing practice.
* Pressure, comparison, and judgment-free.
* Two weeks of writing prompts, daily Monday-Friday.
* Each group has a loose theme, but the prompts can (and will!) lead anywhere.*
* Participation in a private Facebook group for sharing, feedback, support, reflection, and connection (this magical space goes “poof!” at the end of each session).
* Permission “to write the worst junk in America.” (Thank you, Natalie Goldberg!)

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, New York

Upcoming Groups
The Body Now: March 19-30, co-facilitated with Adrie Rose
Blossom: April 9-20

2-week group only: $99

10-week group: $108
Group + 45-minute coaching session:

“The writing has been humbling, inspiring, sublime. You have all been part of an evolution in me.” – Margaret Keen

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

“The prompts are the best writing exercises I’ve ever done. They are thoughtful, imaginative, visually beautiful, and inspiring. They make me want to do the writing rather than just think about it. Each prompt is like a seed. Out of it grows wonderful new material every day!”– Dawn Skorczewski

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)