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.
Big Yellow Weekend Retreats
Fall retreat will be Sept. 25-27, 2015. January retreat tentatively scheduled for Jan 29-31.
Retreat Schedule June 26-28 2015 Adirondack Retreat July 6-10 2015 Summer Writing Camp (Northampton) September 25-27 Northampton Retreat 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 hold the wisdom and inspiration […]
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!
Weekly Writing Workshops
ongoing. Spring sessions starts week of March 31
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.
HooteNanny Parent Guitar
New Session starts April 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
“A Thousand Times More Frightening”
The Friday after the Charleston shooting, I met with my group of ministers—a monthly meeting that’s evolved over the past four years into what we call the Underground Seminary. We gather for Bible study, using the lectionary and focusing most often on the New Testament. Steve suggested we start by holding hands, so we stood, […]
Do Not Mistake a Family Trip for a Vacation
In the middle of the night, both of us aware that the other was struggling to get back to sleep, I heard Tom mutter to me, “We’ll always have Paris.” I didn’t respond; it’s my general rule for insomnia to act as asleep as possible until the real thing returns. But this morning, as I […]