Weekly Writing Workshops


  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing as well as Revision
  • Manuscript group (by invitation only)
  • Autumn 2020
  • Northampton, MA
  • Please indicate in your payment which group you’d like to join

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On Mondays, 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. 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.”

Modeled on AWA, and limited to eight 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 for over fifteen years. 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.

Please indicate in your payment which group you’d like to join.

Monday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 21, 2020
Tuesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 22, 2020
Tuesday afternoons: 3:30-5pm starting September 22, 2020 For Youth aged 10-14
Wednesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting September 23, 2020
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm starting September 23, 2020
Thursday evenings: 7-9pm starting September 24, 2020
Thursday manuscript group (Weeding & Pruning): 3:30-5pm by application only. To apply, please send a letter and a 300 word sample of writing to Nerissa@nields.com. Starts September 24


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. While it’s no longer possible to open my beloved Little Blue Studio to my writers, our experiments with Zoom have been going wonderfully. Zoom is free and incredibly user-friendly. Writers see and hear each other from the comfort of their own homes, and yes, in pajamas if they choose. An added benefit of joining our virtual workshop is that every session will be recorded and available for you to revisit or listen to at your convenience.

All writers receive one-on-one phone time with Nerissa in the first weeks of the session. We can think together about your plans and goals for the spring and how you might insure your commitment in terms of finding a designated home space for your writing, a plan to focus on word count, or publishing goals. I will offer tailored suggestions to each writer in terms of supplemental reading s/he/they might want to add. I’m also happy, at anytime, to coach someone on how to use Zoom.

My Zoom classes are connecting and generative. We’ll begin every session with a quick check-in. After reading the prompt, I leave Zoom on while we all write, so there is always a sense of “the room.” You may choose to mute, turn off your video, come and go, or you might just sit and write visibly with everyone else.

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