Whidbey Writers Workshop
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) Program is the first in the country - and perhaps in the world - to be offered not by a college or university but by an organization of writers. In this, it resembles many free-standing arts institutions offering degrees in music, art, dance and theater. Authorized by the Washington State Student Achievement Council (formerly the Higher Education Coordinating Board), WWW MFA classes began in August of 2005. In August of 2007 the Workshop celebrated its first graduation. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) (www.detc.org). DETC, a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) (www.chea.org), is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts program has three major objectives:
- To produce productive, publishing writers who are prepared for a life of writing
- To prepare graduates to articulate their understanding of the process of writing, whether in essays, informal or formal teaching or otherwise
- To prepare graduates to participate in the local, regional and national community of writers