About

What?

Fishtrap is about “Writing and the West.”   We offer readings, workshops, classes, conferences, Fellowships, and writing residencies.  Fishtrap is a great place to connect with writers, readers, and people who are passionate about the West.

Where?

Find us in the northeastern corner of Oregon,  in Wallowa County, the historic home of the Nez Perce. Our office is  in the town of Enterprise, in a wonderful old house that was home to long-time Wallowa County Newspaper editor, Gwen Coffin and his family. Edging on the Eagle Cap Wilderness, a short drive from the blue-dark waters of Wallowa Lake, within the reaches  of both Hell’s Canyon and the twisting Snake River.  Summer Fishtrap is held at Wallowa Lake. There’s a writers’ retreat in the remote Imnaha River Canyon. Our Outpost nature writing workshops are held on Nature Conservancy land on the Zumwalt prairie.  Lectures and classes are held at our house in Enterprise. Where we are is part of who we are.

When?

Summer Fishtrap– a gathering of writers– is held every July, the Imnaha Writers’ Retreat opens every April. We host an Arts & Lecture Series fall through spring, our Writer-in-Residence lives here in the county and teaches students from January through March, and The Big Read program will have folks all over Wallowa County exploring a great work of literature for four- six weeks during the winter months.

Who?

Anyone in love with words! In 25 years, Fishtrap has hosted over 200 published poets, novelists, journalists, song writers, and non-fiction writers as teachers and presenters. Although workshops are kept small, thousands of writers, teachers, students and book-lovers from around the west have participated in Fishtrap events. Most of our programs are on a first come, first served basis. That means published writers sit with beginning writers, 16 year olds with 80 year olds. The formula seems to work!

Learn More!

Check these web site pages. Give a call or email with specific questions. Enjoy, and come see us sometime soon!