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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

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

September 14-16 First Little Blue Weekend Retreat!

November 9-11 Kali Retreat

January 11-13, 2019 New Year’s Retreat

March 22-24, 2019 Equinox Retreat

Weeding & Pruning

Weeding & Pruning is a manuscript group composed of six Writing It Up in the Garden writers. We have been meeting for the past 9 years, on and off, via…

COST: $350

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

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 Sept. 11, 2018
Tuesdays from 4:15-5pm
Montessori School of Northampton
COST: $150

September Little Blue Retreat

First ever Little Blue weekend retreat! Help Nerissa inaugurate the beautiful new writing studio! Retreat starts at 5:30 Friday with dinner, introductions and a short writing session. Then two days of 9-5 writing, with a delicious home-cooked lunch in between, walks in the local park, craft-talk and workshopping. Cost $300

Sept. 14-16, 2018
Friday 5:30pm
Northampton MA
COST: $300

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

January New Year Intentions 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 11┬áto…

Jan 11-13, 2019
5:30 Friday
Northampton, MA
COST: $300

March Spring Equinox Retreat

March 22-24, 2019 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 22-24, 2019
5:30pm Friday - 5pm Sunday
Northampton, MA
COST: $300