Weekly Groups

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"Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." — Goethe

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Weekly Workshops

Ongoing Weekly Workshops in Northampton

On Mondays and Thursdays, Nerissa Nields holds amazing writing workshops out of her home in Northampton. Write. Be entertained. Laugh. Cry. Foster community. Drink hot beverages. All kinds of writers are welcome. We are poets, novelists, songwriters, memoirists, journalers and scribblers.

E-mail her atNerissand@gmail.com to see what the fuss is about. The groups go for ten-week sessions.

  • Monday Writing It Up in the Garden (10 week) 7-9pm
  • Wednesday Weeding & Pruning (10 week) 1:20-2:50pm
  • Thursday Writing It Up in the Garden (10 week) 7-9pm


$350 for ten weeks.

The 2014 Spring session begins Monday March 31 for the Monday group, and Thursday April 10 for the Thursday group. The sessions run to late June. There will be no summer session, but there will be a five-day week long Writing Camp from July 7-11 meeting 9am-4pm. (Cost for Writer's Camp is $400). The fall session will begin in mid September.

To sign up, write to her at Nerissand@gmail.com. Cost of the session is $350.

*Big Yellow Bloggers

Meets: on hiatus for 2014.

For bloggers of all levels of experience. This class merges the highly successful model of Writing It Up in the Garden, where participants write together, supported by their peers in Nerissa's warm and encouraging living room, with the flexible option of a teleclass. We will meet in person in Nerissa's house at 1pm. Those who are participating remotely will call in (or Skype in) at 1pm to check in briefly, then hang up as we all write together. The goal will be to write four short posts in an hour. Then at 2pm the remote participants will join the in-person cohort for a discussion of the art, craft and (if appropriate) business of blogging. Nerissa will bring in the occasional guest expert to share experience, tips and tricks. We will check in about how our blogs are going, learn from each other, and find camraderie and support in what can seem a lonely road.