Welcome to NILA

Application deadline for the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is March 15.

The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 
is a unique low residency MFA program combining in-person nine-day residencies with semester-long online instruction.mfa_home With enrollment no larger than 60 students in any given semester, intimate class sizes and mentoring by professors and authors allow for growth in the writing craft and prepare writers for a successful career. Graduates have published over 30 books and 200 essays, articles, and poems in periodical publications. MFA faculty members publish regularly, have won NEA grants and had books on The New York Times bestseller list.

Each fall and winter MFA semester begins with a nine-day intensive writing residency on Whidbey Island, a unique, inspiring setting in the Northwest. Residencies bring an impressive line-up of well-known authors and publishing professionals. Students from the Northwest and across the country bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm. The community is diverse and welcoming, and offers a unique balance of support and rigor to inspire and sustain your writing career.
For application information, click here.

The Whidbey Island Writers Association welcomes you.

Founded in 1998, the Whidbey Island Writers Association (WIWA) offers local classes, events, and conferences for writers of all ages and abilities. Open to members and non-members alike, a current class offerings are listed on the right. All sessions meet at the old Bayview School at 5611 Bayview Road near Langley, Washington. For more information, click here.

Soundings Review

The Soundings Review literary magazine accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing for children and young adults. It is staffed by faculty and students of the MFA graduate program, and publishes the work of writers from around the globe. For more information, click here.