Jewels on the Path: Register Now for the Spring Session

A 16-WEEK INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN WRITERS

Space is limited to 12 participants
The spring-into-summer session is now full!

Preregister below for the next session: July 30-November 16, 2018

  • 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.

Sound familiar?

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.

Since 2016, Jewels on the Path (or “Jewels,” as it becomes known in the group) has helped dozens of women commit to getting words on the page, take more creative risks, and connect to a supportive community of fellow travelers. In addition to sharing new work on a regular weekly basis, each participant practices asking for the type of feedback and response she most needs and wants.

Over the course of our time together, you’ll see not only a growing word count, but a growing confidence in your one and only voice. 

There are THREE sessions of Jewels each year, with a one-week break between sessions. Many people 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 women writers.

What began 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. 

Register below for the summer-into-fall session (July 30-November 17, 2018).

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 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.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

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 four months.

What will happen each week?

WEEK 1
Arriving. Introductions. Writing and clarifying a Vision Statement for the next 16 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 16 weeks?

WEEKS 2-15

* Mondays:
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.

* Wednesdays:
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.)

* Fridays:
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.

YOUR COMMITMENT

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.

OPTIONAL RETREAT 

At the end of each Jewels session, there is an optional retreat in Amherst, Massachusetts. Cost is NOT included in the below fees and details will be provided privately to Jewels participants. The dates for the next retreat are Friday, July 20 to Monday, July 23.

TERMS

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 16-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
  • We all bring our unique identities and perspectives to the group
  • I will be kind, honest, and encouraging — with myself and my writing compatriots

MONTHLY INVESTMENT
Option A. $126 :: group only
Option B. $249 :: group + 60 minutes of coaching per month
Option C. $449 :: group + weekly 45-minute coaching sessions

Choose a Monthly Option
Option A : $126.00 USD – monthly
Option B : $249.00 USD – monthly
Option C : $449.00 USD – monthly

What past and current Jewels are saying:

“After 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

“I am learning to keep at the writing, to find pockets of time, and to write no matter what.”~ Amy Feucht Hogarth

I feel different, better, more grounded since starting this class.~ Kirsten Sampsell

“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 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 months.” ~ Tanya Mozias Slavin

AGREEMENT

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

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