Yá’át’ééh and thank you for visiting! Since its inception in 2017, the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute (EDWI) has been a premier summer creative writing experience for students, writers, educators, and the general public.
Diné students in high school, college, and graduate school can apply for our Ha'a'aahdę́ę́' Writing Fellowship. Accepted students will be mentored by acclaimed Diné writers in one of four areas including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual storytelling.
EDWI takes place on the Navajo Technical University campus in Crownpoint, New Mexico.
At EDWI, our students learn the craft and art of creative writing, the importance of language, and reconnect with cultural stories from regional medicine people. Our faculty consists of acclaimed Diné writers and storytellers such as Dr. Laura Tohe, Rex Lee Jim, Esther Belin, Jake Skeets, and many more. This summer we are thrilled to also welcome visiting writers from Northern Arizona University, Colorado College, the University of Denver, and from regional literary journals.
EDWI has always been a program for creativity, storytelling, cultural legacy, and critical inquiry. For one week, EDWI creates a space in which stories are nurtured, a space in which our students are encouraged to explore their creative inclinations and ideas, a space in which discoveries are made, and above all, a space in which students learn ancestral and contemporary notions of Diné storytelling.
We hope you will join us in investing in literary and creative life within our communities on the Diné Nation. Please consider attending EDWI and sharing your stories.
Director of EDWI