A 12-WEEK INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN WRITERS
Limited to 12 participants
The Fall 2017 Session is now full!
Preregister below for the Winter 2018 Session (January-March — exact dates TBA soon)
- You’re working on a book or writing project… or keep meaning to.
- You write in fits and spurts but struggle to get a routine going.
- You hear yourself saying you don’t have time to write.
- Writing always gets pushed to the bottom of the to do list.
With structure, sisterhood, and solidarity, prove to yourself that you CAN make time. You CAN make progress. And you CAN believe in yourself more deeply and steadily as a writer.
Week after week, fully engaging in this special group will offer you accountability to your own self-directed goals, as well as the gift of reading, befriending, and and encouraging fellow women writers.
Winter 2018 brings the 9th consecutive session of this intensive. What began with the concept of “creative ease” has evolved into a powerful, quarterly working group for writers of all levels and genres who are ready to commit to their creative work.
Pre-register below for the Winter 2018 session
ABOUT THE GROUP
A small, strong, and supportive container within which to write and grow – as writers and as people. An opportunity to celebrate and share insights and resources as well as to embrace the beautiful mess of the living, breathing, creative process. A place to move into and through resistance, to be surprised by your own voice, and to commit to writing the stories only you can tell. A forum for both courage and experimentation as you explore a specific writing project or topic for 12 weeks. If you are writing a memoir, this is a great place to share your progress and challenges alike. If you are focused more on essays, blog posts, or poems, you will have a devoted audience with whom to share new work each week.
Options B and C include one-on-one coaching calls to discuss specific pieces of writing and/or explore what you’re seeing and where your writing is taking you. Moral support, fierce encouragement, brainstorming, the miracle of good old-fashioned listening, and homework. Adding on a private coaching component can bring that much more clarity and depth to your work over these few months.
What will happen each week?
Arriving. Introductions. Writing and clarifying a Vision Statement for the next 12 weeks for your writing. By “vision statement,” we are talking about a kind of courage + writing compass, i.e. What direction is calling you and what will you do to stay oriented? What do you know will support you as you go (rewarding yourself for showing up, asking for help, etc.)? If you have a sense of this, where would you like to be with your writing in 12 weeks?
Each Monday morning, we share intentions as a kind of weekly “roll call” and way of writing down what we intend to work on in the coming week.
Each participant posts a selection of new writing, whether it’s a new chapter, a draft of an essay or blog post, or a revision. Reading and commenting on each other’s work is part of what makes this such a rich experience. (If you have no interest in reading and contributing to others’ writing/process, working exclusively 1:1 with Jena may better suit you.)
Check-ins, in relation to your creative process, blocks, and discoveries that week.
An opportunity for reflection and completion: Where you are now, what you can see anew, and looking ahead.
To show up every week with new words, to actively participate in reading and commenting on each other’s posts, and to practice seeing what happens when you stay with something for a few months to allow it to unfold. The “something” might be an extended piece of writing you’re working on, or it may be your own life and whatever unknowns and changes you’re currently navigating.
By submitting my payment for Month 1 and sending Jena the form below, I acknowledge the above terms description and commit to actively participating in this 12-week group experience, Jewels on the Path, an interactive writing & coaching alliance with Jena Schwartz.
Jena agrees to hold all content of our private communication in sacred confidentiality. I commit to showing up, asking for what I need, and taking full responsibility for my creative and writing life. In addition, I’ll adhere to the following guidelines:
- The process supersedes the outcome
- Some writing is better than no writing
- Everything counts
- I will be kind, honest, and encouraging — with myself and my writing compatriots
Option A. $126 :: group only
Option B. $249 :: group + 60 minutes of coaching per month
Option C. $449 :: group + weekly 45-minute coaching sessions
What some past and current Jewels are saying
“After 12 weeks of writing and sharing in this group, I realize I’m no longer doing this work alone. You’ve all been my witnesses and support system. I have held myself accountable to you. Even after it ends, the time we spent here does not disappear. It will be one of my anchors.”
~ Dana Schwartz
“For SO LONG I was trying to write. Now, I just write. Because I want to be successful to this commitment here. Also, because it just feels good, even when it’s hard. It’s comfortable. It’s me. It’s what needs to be done.”
~ Jennifer Grow
“With all I have going on I know for a fact that if it weren’t for this group, I would have written NOTHING over the last two months.”
~ Betty Jo Buro
“Our regular phone conversations help me name and claim my intuitive desires, ideas, plans, and thoughts — about the structure for my memoir and also about the process I’m following and designing for myself. Jena listens, affirms, and helps me clarify what’s true for me, provides accountability, and helps me be more nurturing and positive toward myself in this writing process. I have written more words during my time working with her than any other such interval in my life.”
~ Peg Conway
“I am trusting I can and will write this book. I now know the difference accountability as well as support andfeedback make for me—it’s huge. While we write alone, it is within the context of this group that I thrive and blossom.”
~ Robin Gurse
“This group was brilliant. Honestly. I grew. My writing grew. It got braver and bigger and more vulnerable. I’m a little in awe of how it grew over these past few months. So. Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for it!!”
~ Tanya Mozias Slavin
By submitting my payment and the form below, I acknowledge and agree to the above description and terms and I commit to picking up my own jewels on the path as well as investing time each week in reading the work of and providing feedback to my fellow group members.
I also agree to asking for changes if/when needed and taking full responsibility for my creative and writing life. In turn, Jena agrees to hold all content of our communication and work together in sacred confidentiality.
In addition, I understand that:
- early termination will result in a cancellation fee equaling one month’s payment;
- if I’m choosing option b or c, I am responsible for providing 24 hours’ notice for any cancelled or rescheduled coaching sessions or else I will forfeit that call; and
- there are no refunds or transfers