Fishtrap College

In collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU), Fishtrap offers two college level writing classes for college credit to Wallowa County high school juniors, seniors, and adults each year. The course is taught by an experienced OSU instructor who  comes to live and teach in Wallowa County for the school year.  Fishtrap College offerings typically include WR 121,  English Composition, and WR 199, Introduction to Creative Writing.  Fishtrap College is held on Friday mornings at the Fishtrap House in Enterprise to up to 12 students. Students who pass the course with at least a C grade will receive OSU college credit. This is a great opportunity for Wallowa County youth to explore college, hone their writing skills, gain college credit, and increase their preparedness for college without leaving the county.Alyssa Halton Author Photo (2)

Fishtrap College will offer WR 121, English Composition, beginning in September, 2014 Writing 121 will help you develop and strengthen your writing skills. It is designed as an introduction to college composition, and its focus is on the writing process. This process includes reading and research, critical thinking, prewriting, drafting, and revising (taking your essay through multiple versions). You will be encouraged to develop an individualized process which should serve you well in future academic or professional writing endeavors.

The 2014/2015 Fishtrap College instructor is Alyssa Halton,  a third year MFA student in the creative writing program at Oregon State University.  She writes creative non-fiction and teaches composition and creative writing at OSU.  Applications will be accepted starting on April 28, 2013. Check back on this page for more complete application information and application forms on or after April 28th.

If you have questions about the application and enrollment process contact Ann Powers, Fishtrap’s Executive Director. She can be reached at or 541-426-3623.

What Fishtrap College students say about Fishtrap College:

“I absolutely loved the environment of our class!”

“I am very pleased with my Writing 121 experience. My instructor was extremely helpful. She was sympathetic to our needs, but also pushed us to work hard even when it
was difficult.  I would love to take a class under her again, in fact, I am currently planning to take her Poetry 199 class in the spring!”

” At first I was scared and thought I wouldn’t do well, but now I feel I have developed well as a writer. I hoped to learn the quality I had to have to write at the college level and feel I have found it.”

“Our instructor was very flexible with us. She helped us continue our work during “writing blocks” without giving us “answers”; she pushed us to do the thinking ourselves. This was difficult for me at first—but I am thankful for it!”

 Fishtrap College Poetry Class 2014

Thank you to the Ford Family Foundation for underwriting this program.