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Big Yellow/Little Blue 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.

Retreat Schedule 2018

March 9-11 2018 Northampton MA

June 29-July 1 2018 Adirondack retreat, Keene NY

July 9-13 2018 Summer Writing Camp, Northampton MA–in our new Little Blue!

November Kali Retreat still to be scheduled

Weekly Writing Workshops

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.

Regular, 10-week Courses
Spring 2018
Northampton, MA
COST: $350

March Satisfaction & Completions Retreat

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…

March 9-11, 2018
5:30pm Friday - 5pm Sunday
Northampton, MA
COST: $300

Adirondack Retreat

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!

Friday June 29 - Sunday July 1, 2018
5:30pm Friday - 12pm Sunday
Keene, NY
COST: $300

Summer Writing Camp

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.

July 9-13, 2018
Northampton, MA
COST: $400

Local Chorus

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…

10 weeks starting April 9, 2018
Mondays from 4:15-5pm
Montessori School of Northampton
COST: $125/$200

HooteNanny Parent Guitar

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…

Next Session Starts in September 2017
COST: $250

November Kali Retreat

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

Nov. 10-12, 2017
5:30 Friday-5pm Sunday
Big Yellow, Northampton MA
COST: $300

January Three Day Retreat

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┬áto…

Jan 2019
5:30 Friday
Northampton, MA
COST: $300