Spring OSU-Fishtrap College Course:
WR 199: Special Studies: Introduction to Poetry Writing
Earn College Credit through Oregon State University
Wallowa County Juniors & Seniors, you should consider this course if even one of the following applies to you:
- you want to test out a college-level course
- you want to earn college credit for way less money then you’d pay at a traditional college
- you’re a secret cowboy poet
- you want to be in class with students from schools other than your own
- you want to be part of a creative writing “workshop” (or just learn what that is…)
- you’d like to write a poem for the first time or the billionth time
- you’d like to learn what a poem can do
- you want to build your resume
- you might take other creative writing courses in the future
- you want to use a creative approach to strengthen your close reading and/or writing skills (we won’t write essays in this class, but we will practice skills essential to essay writing)
- you’re looking for something new and fun to do
Course Description: This course introduces students to contemporary poetry, the creative writing process, and the workshop process. Students will develop an understanding of basic poetic techniques, try their hand at some of these techniques, and learn to read both their peers’ and their own writing with a more critical and constructive eye.
When & Where: Classes will be held at the Fishtrap House (400 E Grant Street in Enterprise) on Friday mornings, 8:30 – 11:30 AM. We’ll meet 9 times – April 4th through June 6th (with no class on May 30th).
College Credit: Students who successfully complete the class will receive OSU college credit and an OSU transcript. This course is worth 3 credit hours.
Cost: OSU has discounted their regular fee for Fishtrap College students, and the Ford Family Foundation is also underwriting the program to bring the cost down further. Therefore, we are able to offer WR 199 at a reduced price of $300/student. A limited number of scholarships are also available for those with financial need. Students will also need to budget for buying required textbooks ($10-25).
Application & Enrollment Process: Current Wallowa County high school juniors and seniors are eligible to take the class. To apply, click here. To receive priority consideration, apply by March 14th. The class will be capped at 12 students. If there are any spots left after an initial enrollment period, we will open the class to Wallowa County adults as well.
Instructor: Sally Parrish has spent the past two years teaching at Oregon State University, where she is a graduate student in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. There she has taught introductory composition writing and introductory poetry writing, and she has assisted with a literature course focused on international poetry. This past fall, Sally taught the first Fishtrap College course offered through Oregon State (Writing 121). This winter, she is serving as Fishtrap’s Writer in Residence. She teaches an evening adult writing class and spends time in classrooms throughout the county teaching creative writing.
For more info: Contact OSU instructor & Fishtrap’s Writer in Residence Sally Parrish at email@example.com or call Fishtrap at 541-426-3623.
Are you ready for Writing 199?
Writing 199 is an entry-level college course, which means there are no prerequisites!
However, you should bring an open and engaged mind to class. You should be willing to think critically about what you’ve read and to engage in respectful discussion with your classmates and instructor. You should be willing to re-think and revise your writing along the way. It is absolutely okay if, at the beginning of the course, you are intimidated by the thought of writing at the college-level; the more important question is, are you willing to work at it and to ask for help along the way when necessary? The instructor, Sally Parrish, will have office hours and be available to offer guidance and support on a regular basis.
Also, be aware that college classes do require dedication both in and outside the classroom. If you enroll in the course, you are making a commitment to attend Friday morning classes and to dedicate approximately four hours per week to coursework (reading, writing, etc). It will be your responsibility to manage your time effectively. Note: It is acceptable to miss some class time, but you should be in class the majority of the time.
If you have any questions/concerns about whether or not this is a class for you, feel free to contact Sally Parrish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the application and enrollment process contact Ann Powers, Fishtrap’s Executive Director. She can be reached at email@example.com or 541-426-3623.
Thank you to the Ford Family Foundation for underwriting this program.