Welcome to NILA

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.mfa_home

NILA fosters writers, publishers, editors, and agents nation-wide by offering local writing classes and retreats, a writers conference, a low-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing, a literary magazine, and more.

NILA Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in its program leading to the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing:

  • To provide instruction and mentoring of developing authors to further their mastery of the art and craft of writing;
  • To contribute to the continuing maturation of authors in their career-long advancement;
  • To develop writers who practice the highest standards and value of their craft and who engage in the profession fully through writing, submitting and publishing;
  • And to explore and develop alternative techniques in the instruction and distance-learning methods of teaching creative writing.