What exactly is this?

This site is a clearinghouse for the work of Nerissa Nields, a musician and writer who plays in a band called The Nields, runs writing workshops and retreats out of her home in Northampton MA, and tries to have a good life, full of mess and the occasional epiphany. Here, you will find information about her workshops, retreats, books, music and random thoughts about life. For more information about The Nields, go here.

current events

Big Yellow Weekend Retreats

November 3 Day Deep Retreat will be Nov. 11-13, 2016 (Veterans' Day Weekend). January 3 Day Deep Retreat will be Jan 13-15 (MLK, Jr. weekend) March Equinox Retreat March 18-20
Northampton MA, and other locales

Retreat Schedule 2016 November 11-13 Three Day Deep Retreat Northampton, MA January 13-15 Three Day Deep Retreat, Northampton MA February 24-26 Florida Retreat, St. Petersburg, FL (tent) March 17-19 Spring Equinox Retreat, Northampton MA June 23-25 Adirondack Retreat, Keene NY (tent) July 3-7 2017 Summer Writing Camp, Northampton, MA (tent) Nerissa has been hosting writing retreats from her home in Northampton since […]

Weekly Writing Workshops

January 2017 Winter session starts second week of January.
Northampton, MA

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Nerissa Nields holds amazing writing workshops out of her home in Northampton. Write. Be entertained. Laugh. Cry. Foster community. Drink hot beverages. All kinds of writers are welcome. We are poets, novelists, songwriters, memoirists, journalers and scribblers.

Local Chorus

Sept. 26 2016
Room 206 Jackson Street School, Northampton, MA

Local Chorus is a privately run chorus for kids aged 5-10 and their parents. We sing a wide repertoire of folk, pop, rock and classical music in one-, two- and three-part arrangements. When possible, we incorporate strings played by the students, as well as guitar and percussion played by adults and students. Our mission is […]

November Retreat

November 2016
Northampton, MA

Join Nerissa for a three-day intensive writing weekend from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13.The January three day/Daytime retreat was such a huge success that I am offering the same format again: a longer, daytime-focused retreat. We will start Friday morning at 9am, write all day until 4pm, when we share some of what we’ve […]

January Three Day Retreat

January 13-15 2017
Northampton, MA at Big Yellow

By popular demand, we’re going to have a mini-replica of the Summer Writing Camp in the deep midwinter! Join Nerissa for a three-day intensive writing weekend from Friday January 13 to Sunday January 15 (MLK, Jr weekend). We will meet from 9-5 each day, with some light sharing on Friday afternoon, more formal sharing Sunday after […]

Florida Writing Retreat

February 24-26, 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida

Join Nerissa Nields for a midwinter Florida retreat in beautiful St. Petersburg Florida! We will be writing  in a gorgeous home, courtesy of Enee and Steve Abelman. Retreat begins Friday Feb. 24 at 5:30pm with dinner and introductions. We’ll write together until about 8:30 or 9. Saturday morning, we’ll meet at 9am, then write until 3pm, with a […]

March Spring Equinox Retreat

March 17-19 2017
Northampton MA

March 17-19 2017 Come to Northampton MA and tap into your spring reserves for a weekend of writing, laughing, learning and growing. This yearly event is one of the favorites for aficionados of the Big Yellow retreats. Springtime is a great time to start a new project or go deeper into an existing one. Retreats start on Friday […]

Adirondack Retreat

date pending
Keene, NY

Come write with Nerissa Nields in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY! Two hours north of Albany, Nerissa has been running retreats in the lovely town of Keene NY, nestled in the High Peaks. Write, hike, enjoy wonderful food and music and company!

Summer Writing Camp

date pending
Northampton, MA

Finally–give yourself to your writing for one delicious week! We will meet from 9am-4pm. Mornings will be dedicated to writing in my beautiful house, inside or out on the porch, or patio, or in the secret spot in the center of my labyrinth…or even on the second floor of my barn.

HooteNanny Parent Guitar

New Session starts Dec.1, 2015
Northampton, MA

Wednesdays,1:30-2:30pm in Northampton. All levels welcome! Singing encouraged! Nerissa teaches parents how to bring HooteNanny home. In a warm, encouraging group setting, parents and grandparents strum together, learn chords, finger-picking patterns, rudimentary music theory, sing together, laugh, share their struggles with practicing after bedtime, and make amazing progress. We start with the current HooteNanny curriculum, […]