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Jena Schwartz
Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life

Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life


I’m Jena.


I’m an extroverted introvert, a lover of trees and fresh water swimming and babies and bulldogs, and a rabbi at heart. All of my work, from writing groups to retreats to individual coaching, editing, and mentoring, is devoted to creating safe and brave spaces where we get to write, share, and connect. I’ve been blogging as a practice since 2007.

This isn’t work we can do alone. Showing up, telling our stories, and taking good care of ourselves and each other through how we live and write — that’s why I’m here. Thank you for being on the other side of the words — and for sharing your own. Read more about me here.

Places to Practice

Jewels on the Path

Register now for the Fall Session

Limited to 12 Participants

Women and non-binary writers working on a specific practice or project will benefit from this 16-week online group, dedicated to helping you stay on your writing path and discover the Jewels of learning along the way.

Living Your Values

An In-Person Workshop in Amherst, MA

Registration now open!

July 28, 2019, 1-4pm: A Sunday afternoon devoted to exploring your core values and what they have to do with the rest of your life. Sharpies & seltzer included. Limited to 8 participants.

1:1 Coaching

What are you ready for?

Ready to roll up your sleeves?

Individual coaching offers you a rare combination of gentle listening and steady accountability. Each session will reveal discoveries — and homework! We’ll meet virtually or at my office in Amherst, MA.


Jena creates, holds space, and inspires like nobody’s business.

~Emily Armstrong Oberto 


Let’s work

Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a writer, but only your cat and your best friend from second grade actually know this about you. Perhaps you have a manuscript you’ve been working on for what feels like ever, and you’re ready to step things up by inviting in a second pair of eyes and some accountability. Or you have an idea and you just want to know if it’s as crazy as you think. Or you’re not a writer at all, but a person who longs to close the gap between your work, your life, and your most cherished values.


Unfurl Retreat
October 2019

A small group of folks who gather to write and rejuvenate. A weekend of embodied writing practice + harnessing the creative alchemy of mind, body, and heart.


"Correction does much. But encouragement does more."

— Goethe


Jewels on the Path:

A 16 Week Intensive for Women + Nonbinary Writers

September 2 - December 20, 2019


Schedule a free exploratory call

Jena Schwartz | Coaching, Editing, Writing Groups + Retreats

“The practice Jena teaches is writing. But what she offers points way past the words. Her line of sight reaches the moon and beyond.”

~ Cristina Spencer

Jena Schwartz | Coaching, Editing, Writing Groups + Retreats

“Jena has a gift. Her groups inspire the most unfiltered, fearless, beautiful writing. These two weeks have forever changed the way I write for the better.”

~Dina Lucas Relles