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.
Nov. 18, 2015--Feb. 10, 2016.
Local Chorus is a privately run chorus for kids aged 5-12 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 […]
Midwinter Three Day Retreat
January 29-31 2016
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 29 to Sunday January 31. We will meet from 9-5 each day, with some light sharing on Friday afternoon, more formal sharing Sunday after lunch. Retreat […]
Florida Writing Retreat
February 12-14, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida
Join Nerissa Nields for a midwinter Florida retreat in beautiful St. Petersburg Florida! We will be writing and dining in a beautiful home, courtesy of Enee and Steve Abelman. Retreat begins Friday Feb. 12 at 5:30pm with dinner and introductions. We’ll write together until about 8:30 or 9. Saturday morning, we’ll have a light breakfast […]
Weekly Writing Workshops
ongoing. Winter Session starts January 4 and goes through late March.
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.
Big Yellow Weekend Retreats
January 3 Day Deep Retreat will be Jan 29-31, 2016. February Florida Retreat will be Feb. 12-14, 2016 March Equinox Retreat March 18-20
Northampton MA, and other locales
Retreat Schedule January 29-31 Three Day Deep Retreat, Northampton MA February 12-14 Florida Retreat, St. Petersburg, FL March 18-20 Spring Equinox Retreat, Northampton MA July 1-3 2016 Adirondack Retreat, Keene NY (tent) July 18-22 2016 Summer Writing Camp, Northampton, MA (tent) November 18-20 Three Day Deep Retreat Northampton, MA (tent) Nerissa has been hosting writing retreats from her home in […]
Summer Writing Camp
July 6-10, 2015
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.
June 26-28, 2015
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!
HooteNanny Parent Guitar
New Session starts Dec.1, 2015
Tuesdays, 10-11am 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 […]
recent blog posts
We wake up when the bombs come home
Every month or so, one of my children comes into our bedroom just before bedtime and collapses into my arms. “I am thinking about dying again,” the child says, and starts to sob. And I am right back there, too: seven years old, lying awake at night, the tears streaming down my face, thinking those […]
Reading and Writing
The night before last, I came up from my writing group to kiss my daughter goodnight. She was wrapped up in her comforter, reading–as usual. The book she was reading was a novel published in 2005. The author was myself. I’ve been waiting for this day without even realizing I was waiting for it. I […]