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Writing Groups and Retreats


I’m coming back for more! This will be my second, September Little Blue Retreat and I can’t wait! For me, the retreat is such an important opportunity to go within, access all of those thoughts and feelings that have been waiting to burst out onto my note pad (yes, I’m still addicted to paper!) and to spend some quality time with others who are the most supportive company I could ask for. It’s all about the perfect, creative environment, Nerissa’s inspiring words of wisdom and gentle guidance, and of course the scrumptious meals that are, alone, worth the price of admission! Peter Goldberg Great Barrington, MA

Nerissa has hosted writing groups and retreats from her home in Northampton since 2003. The writing space is magical, as anyone who’s written there will tell you. The magic extends through the InterWebs and is present for her Zoom groups and Hybrid groups.

Time. Attention. Inspiration. Creativity. Community.

Nerissa Nields holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Yale University, having graduated cum laude with honors in English.  She has taught Creative Writing and English at The Madeira School in McLean, VA and the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Since 2003, she has run writing groups for adults and youth out of her home in Northampton, MA. In addition, she has taught songwriting at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyon’s Colorado at their Song School. She has published a young adult novel, two works of non-fiction, and three books of poetry. She has written thousands of songs and recorded and released 20 albums worth, on major and independent labels.

Interested in joining Nerissa for a 10 week Writing It Up In the Garden workshop or retreat? 

All kinds of writers are welcome: we are poets, novelists, songwriters, memoirists, journalers and bloggers. Join a group, find your muse and your tribe and write that piece you’ve always wanted to create.

Sign up here to be added to her Newsletter, Symbols & Cymbals.

How to Register:

(1) Fill out the application here.

(2) Finalize payment per the instructions onscreen.

Note: If the session you want is full, you will have the option to receive a refund, or to apply your deposit towards the next session of classes.

Registration is open for the Fall 2022 sessions.

Weekly Writing Workshops

COST: $360.00