Late Summer/Fall Equinox 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. All weekend long, writers enjoy walks in the local park, lunch on Saturday in funky downtown Northampton, craft-talk and workshopping.
Retreats start on Friday evening at 5:30pm with a healthy and delicious dinner and a round of introductions. We sit down to a writing exercise right after dinner (usually around 6:30) and write together for 50 minutes, and then share a sample with each other. Plan to find your way back to your B&B or hotel around 8:30 or 9:00. The next morning between 9-9:30, we will congregate for coffee, tea, discussion and a prompt, followed by individual writing. There will be a break for lunch, and writers usually group together at a restaurant in Northampton, but you’re on your own till 3, when there will be a second writing session. Dinner will be served at 5:30, after which we will share some writing from the day.
Sunday morning, we have one more short writing session, then lunch in Little Blue, and then we share finished work or works in progress, responding, if we like, to what works in each piece. Retreat ends at 5pm Sunday. We’ll often celebrate with a group photo.
Nerissa has been hosting 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. The walls hold the wisdom and inspiration of hundreds of writers who have shared their work over the years. With the construction of Little Blue, the studio in the back yard, writers have a beautiful space to create, focus, invent, edit, laugh, eat well–in comfort and beauty. Nerissa creates a safe, warm and encouraging container for all writers, new and veterans alike. Songwriters, novelists, memoirists, poets, bloggers, dissertation writers, comics-all are welcome. Most retreats are filled with returning writers who make the event an annual or bi-annual pilgrimage.