There's no better place to be a writer than Whidbey Island, and one of the reasons for that is the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA). Its master of fine arts in creative writing program
is the first in the country--and perhaps the world--to be offered by an organization of writers, and not by a college or university. Its students publish a literary magazine called the Soundings Review
, and both the Whidbey Island Writers Association and Whidbey Island Writers Conference
just celebrated their fifteenth year.
Now housed in the old Bayview School, and in partnership with the Whidbey Island Community Education Center
, the Whidbey Island Writers Association is poised to offer benefits that members have never had before. These include ways to gather online in genre-based forums, as well as ways to gather physically at classes, workshops, and events.
The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts is an organization for writers, about writers, and by writers, and the Whidbey Island Writers Association is where it all began.