In 2017, the Navajo Women’s Commission entered into a partnership with Navajo Technical University (NTU) to develop a creative writing summer program. The Commission set literacy as one of its organizational goals and chose to partner with NTU in recognition of their numerous creative writing programs including the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate program
Now, the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute is funded by the Office of the President at NTU and various grants.
EDWI aims to motivate and expose Diné high school and college students and community members to acclaimed Diné authors, writers, and local publishers. Participants improve their creative writing ability, work within various genres and forms, and foster an interest in our people to tell their own stories.
EDWI is a week-long series of classes, craft talks, presentations, and generative writing sessions feature Diné writers such as Dr. Laura Tohe (Navajo Nation Poet Laureate), Jake Skeets (author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers and Diné College Faculty), Tanaya Winder (author of Words Like Love), and more. We also host visiting writers from partner institutions and programs.
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How the Institute Works
EDWI is composed of a private agenda for Ha'a'aahdę́ę́' Writing Fellows who are mentored by acclaimed Diné writers and a public agenda open to everyone.
The Ha'a'aahdę́ę́' Writing Fellows agenda includes classes with Diné faculty mentors in the mornings and other activities. Diné writers in high school, college, and graduate school are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found here. We are accepting only 20 writers for these fellowships.
If you are not a current student and still want to attend EDWI, you can register as a general participant here. All you need to do is register and follow the instructions on the email sent once your registration is complete.
EDWI is free to the public. Upon registering, you will receive an agenda.
If you are accepted as a Ha'a'aahdę́ę́' Writing Fellow, you will receive an email before the start of the program with additional instructions and information.
For any questions, please see the CONTACT section of this website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.