Residency Program

Residency on the lawnNILA offers participation in the ten-day residency as a trial run before applying for the full MFA Program.  Join us for an in-depth look at the Whidbey Writers Workshop.

 Benefits of Residency

  • Experienced writers can participate with the MFA students in Masters
    level craft and workshop courses as non-credit students;
  • Give the MFA program trial run before applying for provisional admission
    to the MFA;
  • Earn Washington state clock hours to maintain your teaching credential;
  • All residency participants experience a variety of sessions on the profession
    of writing by notable guest faculty.

For the MFA students, each sixteen-week online semester is preceded by a ten-day intensive Residency on Whidbey Island.  At residencies, students get a start on their MFA classes in the mornings and spend the afternoons in sessions with visiting faculty.  In the evenings, there are opportunities to attend or participate in readings.  During the August residency, graduation is celebrated and all are welcome to attend.

Schedule:  There is something of interest for everyone – fantasy, magical realism, poetry, nonfiction, marketing, pitching, humor, giving a reading, etc..  Here are links to the upcoming residency schedule and course descriptions.

Faculty:  Faculty at Residencies include select guest faculty, as well as NILA permanent faculty and associate faculty who teach the MFA classes online.

Location:  Residencies are held at the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, Washington

Upcoming Dates: August 2-11, 2015 and January 8-17, 2016

Application for Non MFA Students

  • Complete the Residency Application
  • The application requires a one page letter of introduction describing your writing experience. Tell us about the following: topics, themes, strengths and weaknesses, publications, writing conferences attended, and anything else you feel will help introduce you and your writing;
  • Also, include a 20-page manuscript of your original work with your application. Submit work only for the genre in which you plan to focus (Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction or Writing for Children/Young Adults.) Fiction candidates may submit short stories or chapters; nonfiction and Children/Young Adult candidates may submit short pieces or parts of longer works. Please double space prose and single space poetry (one poem per page.)
  • Any interested individual may apply.  Members of the Whidbey Island Writers Association will be given preference.  Acceptance will be based on the quality of the material submitted.
  • Application periods:  For the August Residency applications are accepted May 15 – June 15; For the January Residency application are accepted October 6 – November 6
  • No more than 16 residency students will be admitted, with no more than 6 in any one genre.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so applying as soon as possible is advisable.

Cost:  The cost for a 10 day residency for non MFA students is $900, or $750 with a Whidbey Island Writers Association membership.  This fee does not include meals and lodging.

Clock Hours:  Teachers seeking to earn clock hours for their experience at residency should submit the Residency Application as well as a letter to the NILA Admissions that includes information about your teaching, your degree, your teaching background and your interest in writing.