Ongoing Classes

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

–Toni Morrison

Feeling called to write? Want to learn how? The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) supports you by providing education, community, encouragement, and access to professional literary resources.

NILA offers three types of educational opportunities for writers:

  • Third-Thursday classes for writers of all levels These monthly classes cover topics such as craft, marketing, social media, plot structure, specific genres, neuroscience for writers, the Meyers Briggs for writers, and more. Classes are free to members of the Whidbey Island Writers Association  ($10 for nonmembers). They take place from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, which is located in the Bayview area of Whidbey Island. All currently scheduled classes appear in the sidebar to the right.
  • Monthly daylong workshops for writers of all levels In 2015, the three-day Whidbey Island Writers Conference was split into monthly daylong workshops that enable you to dive deep into the topics that interest you most. These in-depth sessions cover subjects such as memoir, thrillers, screen-writing, poetry, self-publishing, marketing, and more. They take place on second Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. All currently scheduled classes appear in the sidebar to the right.
  • Twice-yearly residencies for experienced writers Advanced writers can join NILA’s MFA students at their 10-day residency each January and August. Residency students participate in masters-level craft and workshop courses in the mornings, spend afternoons in sessions with notable visiting faculty members, and attend evening readings by NILA faculty members, students, and alumni. Classes take place at the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville.