Welcome to NILA

NILA welcomes you

There’s no better place to be a writer than Whidbey Island, and one of the reasons is the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA). NILA is for writers, by writers, and about writers. The organization creates and supports an extended community of aspiring and established writers by providing education, support, and networking, with access to published writers, teachers, and professional literary resources. We prepare writers for a lifetime of writing.

Soundings Review

The Soundings Review literary magazine publishes poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and writing for children and young adults, bringing together the work of writers from around the globe. The Summer 2016 issue is scheduled for publication in mid-July. We regret that we are not open for submissions at this time. For more information, click here.

MFA in Creative Writing

On February 29th, 2016, NILA’s board of directors voted to close the MFA in Creative Writing program, otherwise known as Whidbey Writers Workshop due to multiple contributing factors. At the same time they confirmed their commitment to students, their education, and their ability to complete their degree.

As such, NILA is currently raising funds to cover expenses with the intention of completing 2015-2016 school year and conducting graduation for the Class of 2016. NILA is a Washington State non-profit corporation 501(c)3. To donate, click on the donate button in the upper righthand corner, or mail a check to NILA, 5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260. If you prefer to give a stock donation, please email the chair of the board of directors, Claire Gebben, at claire.gebben@nila.edu for more information.