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, an annual writers conference, a low-residency master of fine arts program in creative writing, a literary magazine, and more.