For over 50 years, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing, now entering its sixth year, and its successful BFA in Creative Writing, IAIA is continuing its legacy of graduating successful writers who contribute to the body of Native American and world literatures. The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year, low residency program that welcomes and celebrates diversity while emphasizing the importance of Native writers giving voice to the Native experience. The program offers one-on-one mentorships with faculty who specialize in multiple genres, including screenwriting, poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. Students gather twice a year on the IAIA campus in Santa Fe, NM for an intensive week of workshops, lectures, and readings with prominent Native and non-Native faculty and visiting writers.