Weekly Writing Workshops


  • Regular, 10-week Courses
  • Generative (first draft) writing
  • Manuscript group (by invitation only)
  • Spring 2020
  • Northampton, MA

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On 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 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.

Tuesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting March 24, 2020
Wednesday afternoons: 12:30-2:30pm starting March 25, 2020
Wednesday evenings: 7-9pm starting March 26, 2020
Thursday evenings: 7-9pm starting March 19, 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.


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