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.

Writing It Up in the Garden Workshops and Retreats
Parent Guitar Class
Local Chorus
The Blog: Poetry, Essays, Sermons, Journal
The Nields

For more information about The Nields, go here.

Big Yellow Writing Retreats

Nerissa has hosted writing retreats from her home in Northampton since 2004. The house (affectionately dubbed “Big Yellow” by retreatants) is magical, as anyone who’s written there will tell you.

She also brings the “Big Yellow” spirit to retreats in other locations.

Current retreat details are below.

current events

Big Yellow Weekend Retreats

Retreat Schedule 2017-18 November 10-12 2017 Northampton MA January 12-14 2018 Northampton MA March 9-11 2018 Northampton MA June 23-25 (tent) Adirondack retreat, Keene NY July 2-6 (tent) Summer Writing...
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Weekly Writing Workshops

Date: Regular, 10-week Courses
Time: Winter 2018
Location: Northampton, MA
Cost: $350

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.
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Local Chorus

Date: 10 weeks starting September 18, 2017
Time: Mondays from 4-4:45pm
Location: Jackson St School, Room 206
Cost: $125/$200

Local Chorus is a privately run chorus for kids aged 5-13. We sing a wide repertoire of folk, pop, rock and classical music in one-, two- and three-part arrangements. When...
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November Kali Retreat

Date: Nov. 10-12, 2017
Time: 5:30 Friday-5pm Sunday
Location: Big Yellow, Northampton MA
Cost: $300

Deep retreat for women only. Work on NaNoWriMo, 30 Poems in November, or focus on how far we have come since last November.
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January Three Day Retreat

Date: March 16-18, 2018
Time: 5:30 Friday March 16--start time
Location: Northampton, MA
Cost: $300

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 12 to...
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March Spring Equinox Retreat

Date: March 9-11, 2018
Time: 5:30pm Friday - 5pm Sunday
Location: Northampton, MA
Cost: $300

March 9-11, 2018 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...
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Adirondack Retreat

Date: Friday June 30 - Saturday July 1, 2017
Time: 9am Friday - 5pm Saturday
Location: Keene, NY
Cost: $200

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!
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Summer Writing Camp

Date: July 10 - 14, 2017
Location: Northampton, MA
Cost: $400

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.
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HooteNanny Parent Guitar

Date: Next Session Starts in September 2017
Cost: $250

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...
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