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

March 17-19 Equinox Retreat July 3-5 ADK Retreat July 10-14 Summer Writing Camp
Northampton MA, and other locales

Retreat Schedule 2017 March 17-19 Spring Equinox Retreat, Northampton MA/ July 3-5 MIDWEEK Adirondack Retreat, Keene NY/ July 10-14 2017 Summer Writing Camp, Northampton, MA/ Nerissa has been hosting 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. The walls […]

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

Jan. 23, 2017
Room 206 Jackson Street School, Northampton, MA

Local Chorus is a privately run chorus for kids aged 5-12. 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 to bring joy […]

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

July 3-5, 2017
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

July 10-14, 2017
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 January 11, 2017
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, […]