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Jena Schwartz
Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life
 
 
 
 

Jewels on the Path

A 16-WEEK INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN + NON-BINARY WRITERS

September 2 - December 19, 2019

 
 
 
 
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Jewels on the Path is…

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 16 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.

 

 

There are THREE sessions of Jewels each year: Fall-Winter, Winter-Spring, and Spring-Summer. Many people choose to do multiple sessions, others come and go, while some writers complete one session and move on to other aspects of their creative writing and work. There are no prerequisites for participation other than a commitment to showing up to yourself and your fellow Jewels with whatever emerges.

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 writers.

 

 

What began in 2016 with the concept of “creative ease” has evolved into a powerful, ongoing working group for writers of all levels and genres who are ready to commit to their creative process. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“This group contributed to my feeling that I have a voice”

-Nadine Stephenson

 
 
 
 
 
 

Maybe you….

  • are working on a book or writing project… or keep meaning to.

  • write in fits and spurts but struggle to get a routine going.

  • hear yourself saying you don’t have time to write.

  • feel like your writing always gets pushed to the bottom of the to do list.

Sound familiar?

With the support of structure 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.

 

 
 
 
 
 

“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


 
 

Group Outline

At registration, participants have the option to include one-on-one coaching calls either monthly or weekly 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 four months.

 

Week 1

Arriving. Introductions. Writing and clarifying a Vision Statement for the session. 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 16 weeks?

Week 2-15

* Monday mornings: 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.

* Wednesday mornings: 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.)

* Friday mornings: Check-ins, in relation to your creative process, blocks, and discoveries that week.

Week 16

An opportunity for reflection and completion: Where you are now, what you can see anew, and looking ahead.

Monthly Investment

$149 - group only


$329 - group + Two 45-minute coaching sessions per month

Only four spots available!

 

Your Commitment

  • To show up every week with new words

  • To actively participate in reading and commenting on each other’s posts

  • 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.

Our Agreement

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

 
 
 
 

“Our regular phone conversations helped 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