Weekly Writing Workshops


  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing as well as Revision
  • Spring 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 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.

Tuesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting March 29, 2022 (mixes genres)
Tuesday evenings Songwriters: 7-9pm starting March 29, 2022 (songwriters only)
Wednesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting March 30, 2022 MEMOIR AND POETS
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm starting March 30, 2022 (mixed genres)
Thursday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting March 31, 2022 FICTION
Thursday late afternoons: 3:30-5:30pm starting March 31, 2022 (mixed genres)
For more information, email us here: nerissand@gmail.com.

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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