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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 2-4 Kali Retreat

January 11-13, 2019 New Year’s Retreat

March 22-24, 2019 Equinox Retreat

Big Yellow Mini-Retreat

Jump start your writing this summer with an three day intensive!

Nerissa will be holding daytime workshops/mini-retreat for a short week in August,Monday Aug. 6, Tuesday Aug. 7, Wednesday Aug. 8, 1-3:30pm at Big Yellow. (more…)

  • Pick one or more days
  • Aug. 6 | Aug. 7 | Aug. 8
  • 1-3:30pm at Big Yellow.
COST: $35.00

Summer Writing Retreat

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. This is a fantastic opportunity (more…)

  • July 9 – 13, 2018
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $400.00

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 January 8, 2019
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $175.00

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…)

  • 10 wks starting 1/8/2019
  • Tuesday from 4 – 4:45 pm
  • Montessori School of Northampton
COST: $150.00

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 writing, with a delicious home-cooked dinner on Saturday night, sharing after dinner. On Sunday, we will write 9-5 with lunch in between. (more…)

  • Sept. 14-16, 2018
  • Friday 5:30pm
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

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

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

Weekly Writing Workshops

On 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)
  • Winter 2019
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $350.00

Hootenanny Parent Guitar

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. (more…)

  • Next Session Starts Sept. 2018
COST: $250.00

November Kali Retreat

Join Nerissa for a three-day intensive writing weekend from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4. 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.2-4, 2018
  • 5:30 Friday – 5pm Sunday
  • Big Yellow, Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

January MLK Weekend 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 18 to Sunday January 20 2019. (more…)

  • Jan 18-20, 2019
  • 5:30pm Friday
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00

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 22-24, 2019
  • 5:30 Friday – 5pm Sunday
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $300.00