The Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers is held annually at Wallowa Lake in the heart of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Each year, authors and instructors come to Wallowa County from around the country to provide intensive instruction and inspiration to a small group of writers. The conference features weeklong workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, essay, and special workshops just for youth. Classes are limited to 13 students, giving each writer the chance to share their work in an intimate and supportive environment.
In addition to morning writing workshops, writers have the opportunity to attend daily craft talks, panel discussions, and read at open mic sessions. Each evening, everyone gather under the big tent to hear readings form Summer Fishtrap faculty - the best writers in the West.
What makes Summer Fishtrap unique among writing conferences is the emphasis on the creative process. The week is about generating new work, taking risks, and learning from the instructors and writers that surround you. The remote location and stunning scenery of Wallowa County provide inspiration which for so many, makes Summer Fishtrap a life-changing experience.
Take a weeklong writing workshop in your favorite genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, short story, or children’s literature. Each workshop is limited to no more than 13 participants, giving you the opportunity to build connections with a world-class instructor and your fellow writers. Throughout the week, we’ll bring the best of Summer Fishtrap to you through craft talks, discussions, open mics, readings, and a keynote address from Frank X Walker.
While we are planning for all of us to meet together at Wallowa Lake, we will not put your health or the health of our local community at risk. We successfully converted Summer Fishtrap into a “virtual” conference in 2020 and will work to make it even better in 2021 if the situation calls for it. Read more from some of our participants here.
Should we once again need to transform Summer Fishtrap into a virtual conference this year, we will announce that decision no later than May 1, 2021. You will then have the option to join us for the online workshop, transfer your registration to 2022, or receive a full refund minus the $100 non-refundable deposit. If you have questions get in touch Fishtrap’s Program Director, Mike Midlo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-426-3623.