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Big Yellow/Little Blue Writing Retreats

Nerissa has hosted writing retreats from her home in Northampton since 2004. The writing space is magical, as anyone who’s written there will tell you.

  • January 3-5 2020
  • March 20-22, 2020 Equinox Retreat
  • June 26-28 2020 ADK Retreat in Keene NY
  • July 13-17 2020 Summer Writing Camp
  • September 2020 Fall Equinox Retreat TBD
  • November Women’s Kali Retreat TBD

Weekly Writing Workshops

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Nerissa Nields holds amazing writing workshops out of her home in Northampton. She created these groups in 2003 when, as a single woman, she bought a Big Yellow House that was a bit beyond reach. (more…)

  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing
  • Manuscript group (by invitation only)
  • Autumn 2020
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $350.00

March Spring Equinox Retreat

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. (more…)

  • March 20-22, 2020
  • 5:30 Friday – 5pm Sunday
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

Focus Chorus


Focus Chorus is a high level singing group composed of 10-15 year olds. An offshoot of the highly successful Local Chorus (kids aged 5-15), Focus Chorus is for advanced singers who are willing to work hard and learn 3-4 part harmony songs. (more…)

  • Tuesday February 25, 2020 for 15 weeks
  • $265
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $265.00

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 possible, we incorporate strings played by the students, as well as guitar and percussion played by adults and students. (more…)

  • 15 wks starting February 25, 2020
  • Tuesday from 4 – 4:45 pm
  • Montessori School of Northampton
COST: $225.00

ADK Retreat

Come for an Adirondack weekend and write in a beautiful home in Keene, NY with views of the mountains, peace and quiet, old birch trees and small tree frogs. Pick wild blueberries and laugh with delightful people as your poems, stories, songs and memories take shape. (more…)

  • June 26-28, 2020
  • Keene NY
COST: $300.00

Summer Writing Retreat

Finally–give yourself to your writing for one delicious week!  This is a fantastic opportunity (more…)


  • July 13-17, 2020
  • $400
COST: $400.00

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 10 years, on and off, via teleconference. (more…)

  • September – December
  • 3:30 – 5pm
  • teleclass
COST: $350.00

September Little Blue Retreat

Late Summer/Fall Equinox Retreat starts at 5:30 Friday with dinner, introductions and a short writing session. Then two days of writing, with delicious home-cooked lunches on Saturday and Sunday. We will write from 9am-4pm, and then share new work from 4-5pm. (more…)

  • Sept. 20-22, 2019
  • Friday 5:30pm
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

November Kali Retreat

Join Nerissa for a three-day intensive writing weekend from Friday November 8 to Sunday November 10. We will start Friday at 5:30 with a hot dinner, after which we will gather for introductions and a first writing session. (more…)

  • Nov.8-10, 2019
  • 5:30 Friday – 5pm Sunday
  • Big Yellow, Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

Summer Guitar Workshop

Nerissa teaches guitarists and would-be guitarists of all levels. In a warm, encouraging group setting, teens, adults, 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. (more…)

  • Session Starts June 25 2019
COST: $250.00

New Year January Retreat

Set your writing intentions for 2020 by coming to this retreat on the first weekend in January! Friday January 3 to Sunday January 5 2020. (more…)

  • Jan 3-5, 2020
  • 5:30pm Friday
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00