Residency

Residency on the lawn

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 often opportunities to attend or participate in readings.  During the August residency, graduation is celebrated and all are welcome to attend.

Schedule:  The afternoons at residency are filled with sessions by visiting faculty, NILA faculty, alumni, and current students.  There is something of interest for everyone – fantasy, magical realism, poetry, nonfiction, marketing, pitching, humor, giving a reading, etc..   Click here for a list of the session descriptions for August. Click here to see the Fall 2014 Residency Schedule at a glance or download a printable PDF. There is also general information on what a typical day at residency is like.

Faculty:  Faculty at Residencies include both visiting faculty as well as those NILA permanent faculty and associate faculty who are teaching the MFA classes online.

Location:  The August 2014 residency will be held at the Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island.  Click here for more information and directions.

Non-matriculated Students:  The residencies are also open to individuals not seeking a degree through the MFA program. For more information, please see the Residency page for information about how to sign up.