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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 18-20, 2019 MLK Retreat
  • March 22-24, 2019 Equinox Retreat
  • July 8-12, 2019 Summer Writing Camp
  • July 15-19, 2019 Summer Writing Camp
  • September 13-15, 2019 First Little Blue Weekend Retreat!
  • November 8-10, 2019 Kali Retreat

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…)

  • Fifteen weeks starting:
  • Tuesday Sept 17, 2019
  • 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 9/17/2019
  • Tuesday from 4 – 4:45 pm
  • Montessori School of Northampton
COST: $225.00

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

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

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

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

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 2020
  • Northampton, MA
COST: $350.00

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

ADK Retreat

Nerissa is resurrecting her popular writing retreat in the mountains of the Adirondacks! Come for a weekend to 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 21-23, 2019
  • Keene NY
COST: $300.00

Summer Writing Retreat

Finally–give yourself to your writing for one delicious week!  This year, we will start on a Wednesday and end on a Sunday, so that folks who can’t take time off from work can join the group on Friday and have a regular weekend retreat. This is a fantastic opportunity (more…)

  • Book 1 or more sessions
  • discount w/ code camp for 5 days
  • July 24-28, 2019
  • price per day
COST: $100.00

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