October Little Blue Retreat––In Person and Remote


  • October 14-16, 2022
  • Saturday-Sunday
  • Northampton, MA

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Fall Retreat starts at 9am on Saturday. Two full days of writing, with delicious vegetarian home-cooked lunches on Saturday and Sunday. We will write from 9am-4pm on Saturday, and then share new work from 4-5pm.

Finally–give yourself to your writing for one delicious weekend! This is a fantastic opportunity to delve deeply into an existing project, work on a phD thesis, start a children’s book, edit and revise, or just revel in the community of writers, the beautiful surroundings, the quiet, the on-going discussion of writing and literature. Poets work on haiku; there are spaces for songwriters to compose in private rooms; there are indoor and outdoor spaces to curl up in and write to your heart’s content.
Little Blue Protocols for in-Person Workshops and Retreats
In 2022, because of the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, there are limited spots for folks who have been vaccinated to come in person, and also spots for remote attendees. All group discussion will be shared on Zoom. If you have any symptoms of illness, or recent exposure, please stay home and join us on Zoom.
Daily schedule, subject to tweaking:
We start at 9am. Nerissa will gather everyone in her front room and on screens for a short discussion and optional prompt.
There will be a vegetarian offering at lunchtime (11:30am), plus coffee, tea, snacks, and seltzer all day long. We will divide our time with prompts, quiet timed writing sessions, and sessions for sharing and discussion.
Start at 9am, break for lunch at 11:30, final sharing at 3:30pm. Retreat ends by 5pm.
You may bring your own bagged lunch to keep in the studio refrigerator. There is a stove, oven and microwave available. The lunch break will be long enough for a drive into Northampton, 1.3 miles away.
Take a weekend to exercise your muse, make some new friends and enjoy Northampton in the summer!














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.


  1. Peter Goldberg

    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

  2. Josephine Halvorson

    Just finished my first retreat with Nerissa and a fantastic group of writers. So grateful for this time of focused work, reflection, and conversation/feedback. I learned a lot and feel inspired to develop my writing further.

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