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

Weekly Writing Workshops

ongoing. Fall sessions starts week of September 14
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.

Big Yellow Weekend Retreats

Fall retreat will be Sept. 25-27, 2015. Creativity Retreat will be November 7, 2015 January retreat Jan 29-31 February 2016 in St. Petersburg, FL tentatively scheduled for Feb. 12-14 (President's Weekend)
location pending

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
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.

Adirondack Retreat

June 26-28, 2015
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!

HooteNanny Parent Guitar

New Session starts September 15, 2015
Northampton, MA

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 […]

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