Weekly Writing Workshops


  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing as well as Revision
  • Fall 2022
  • Northampton, MA
  • Please indicate in your payment which group you’d like to join.

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Every writer needs a dedicated time to write, knowing that their work is valued and will be listened to with full attention to its strengths. The one thing we know in these times is that there is and will be a lot to write about. The other is that we continue to need human connection. We continue to need each other.

On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Nerissa Nields holds amazing writing workshops out of her home in Northampton. Modeled on the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method, and limited to six writers per group, these workshops are for first drafts, experiments, as well as works in progress. We put most of our focus on the generative process and the amazing community Nerissa has nurtured since 2003. All kinds of writers are welcome: we are poets, novelists, songwriters, memoirists, journalers and bloggers. Join a group, find your muse and your peeps and write that piece you’ve always wanted to create.


Please indicate in your payment which group you’d like to join. If there isn’t room in your desired group, you will be asked if another group time might work, or issued a refund.

Monday afternoons 12:30-2:30: Submitting and Publishing* (all genres).

Tuesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 27, 2022 (mixes genres)
Wednesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 28, 2022  (mixed genres)
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm starting September 28, 2022 (Songwriting, Poetry, Prose)
Thursday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 29, 2022 FICTION
Thursday late afternoons: 3:30-5:30pm starting September 29, 2022 (Weeding & Pruning, by application only)
For more information, email us here: nerissand@gmail.com.

*Submitting and Publishing, Mondays from 12:30-2:30. In this group we spend the first 1/2 hour or so talking about a particular aspect around the work of getting our writing into the world. Topics include:
-Editing work into publishable form
-Query letters and submission letters to literary journals and other publications
-Applying for grants, fellowships, residencies.
-Social media.
-Researching agents.
-Tracking submissions.
-Managing our limited resources to figure out which journals to support, where exactly to submit.

Each week, we’ll discuss a different topic for about 20 minutes. We’d then spend an hour working quietly on these submissions. The last half hour would be spent checking in about what we did, how we are feeling. We all need support around this issue. We will remind each other how good our work is and how worthy an endeavor to continue to put it out in the face of (the inevitable) rejections. We’ll remind each other it’s a numbers game, not a meritocracy.


After a long hiatus, Little Blue Studio is once again open to my writers who are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms of illness. Meanwhile, we continue to use Zoom for those who are far away, or even for those who just want to stay home and write in their PJs.

Some history: Nerissa created these groups in 2003 when, as a single woman, she bought a Big Yellow House that was a bit beyond reach.She knew she and the house were meant to be, and as she toured the first floor, she noticed that the energy of the front room was calling for writers. She had a vision of writers, laptops in laps, notebooks and pens, mugs of tea. The next day, she signed the Purchase and Sale. Eight weeks later, the first Wednesday group met. The groups have been meeting ever since, and the writers who frequent them have grown into a kind of extended family. All roads, the writers say, lead to Big Yellow. Also: “That thing you are writing is really good.”

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