Located on picturesque Whidbey Island, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts formed out of a writers association's dream to start a graduate degree program for writers. Unique in so many ways, NILA's mission is to create and support a diverse community of established and aspiring writers by providing education, communication, encouragement, and access to professional literary resources.
NILA fosters writers, publishers, editors, and agents nation-wide by offering local writing classes and retreats, an annual writers conference, a low-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing or publishing and editing, a literary magazine, and more.
All of these opportunities are offered through the Whidbey Island Writers Association, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA, Soundings Review magazine, and the Whidbey Island Writers Conference.
We are fortunate to have a strong membership, amazingly dedicated volunteers, talented faculty and inspired students -- all with a passion for the written word. Craft your imagination and memories by joining our growing community of writers.