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Welcome to our site!

Since the MFA program at the Whidbey Island Writers Association – Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) – began back in 2005, the enrollment numbers have increased. Which means the alumni pool is growing exponentially. This website has been created as a place to connect, to share, to further grow.

As a new organization, we are still forming and growing.  Here is our mission statement:

To represent and promote alumni and interests of Whidbey Writers’ Workshop MFA
Program (Whidbey MFA) by facilitating on-going relationships between Whidbey MFA
and its alumni and by fostering loyalty and support for Whidbey MFA.

-    Serve and represent Whidbey MFA.
-    Advance the goals and missions of Whidbey MFA and the Association.
-    Foster effective communication between Whidbey MFA and its alumni and friends.
-    Provide opportunities for alumni to support Whidbey MFA.
-    Communicate the strengths, concerns and needs of Whidbey MFA.
-    Project a quality image of Whidbey MFA and the Association.
-    Offer programs and services that build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for Whidbey MFA.

Check back often – and remember to send any alumni updates using the following form:

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