Welcome to NILA

The Whidbey Island Writers Association and Northwest Institute of Literary Arts has proudly supported an extended community of aspiring and established writers on Whidbey Island for seventeen years.

The Whidbey Island Writers Association closed operations beginning June 30, 2016.

For information on the Whidbey Island writing community, contact Write On Whidbey Island at thereads@whidbey.com. 

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. The graduation of 20 MFA students will take place August 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Washington. Students who have not yet completed their degrees have been successfully transferred to other MFA in Creative Writing programs.

Donations are still being received to help defer remaining costs of operation.  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.  For more information, please email the chair of the board of directors, Claire Gebben, at claire.gebben@nila.edu.