Emerging Diné Writers Institute
NEA Big Read Partner 2021
About Emerging Diné Writers Institute
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.