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Northwest Institute of Literary Arts

Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA in Creative Writing

Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA in Publishing and Editing

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 639

Freeland, WA 98236

Physical address:

5611 Bayview Road

Langley, WA 98260

Website: www.nila.edu/mfa

Program director: Wayne Ude

Program contact: Wayne Ude

Phone: (360) 331-0307

Email: ude[at]nila[dot]edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2-6 years

Genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, writing for children/young adults

Enrollment: 45

Total credits required: 60

Application deadlines: March 15 for August residency and fall semester; October 1 for January residency and spring semester

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Bonny Becker; Carmen Bernier-Grand; Lawrence Cheek; Bruce Holland Rogers; Ana Maria Spagna; David Wagoner; Carolyne Wright; Sandra Beris, Kate Gale, Christine Holbert, Christopher Howell, Andrea Hurst, Terry Persun

Visiting faculty: Marc Acito, Anjali Banerjee, Nancy Rawles, Jacqueline Mitchard, Tess Gallagher, Peggy Shumacher, Gary Lilley, Brian Doyle, Timothy Egan, Kathleen Dean Moore, Scott Russell Sanders

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Soundings Review

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Marc Acito, Anjali Banerjee, Nancy Rawles, Jacqueline Mitchard, Tess Gallagher, Peggy Shumacher, Gary Lilley, Brian Doyle, Timothy Egan, Kathleen Dean Moore, Scott Russell Sanders

Program description: The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, an organization of writers, sponsors the Whidbey Writers Workshop's two low-residency MFAs: the MFA in writing and the MFA in Publishing and Editing. The only accredited MFA program in the country sponsored by an association of writers includes tracks in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, writing for children/young adults, and publishing and editing. Each semester begins with a 10-day intensive residency on Whidbey Island, Washington; classes begin there and continue online for an additional 16 weeks. MFA in writing students may take an additional Certificate in Publishing and Editing for a total of 70 semester credits.

The MFA in Writing is designed to foster productive, publishing writers who are prepared for a life of writing. As part of this, they should be able to articulate their understanding of the process of writing, whether in essays, informal or formal teaching, or otherwise. Finally, they should be prepared to participate in the local, regional, and national community of writers.

The MFA in Publishing and Editing is designed for those who wish to develop their own writing while also preparing for a career in publishing and editing, whether at a large or small press or in periodicals, whether traditional or e-published.

Gain the support of a committed writing community as you prepare for a life of productive, publishable writing at the Whidbey Writers Workshop.