“Fishtrap promotes clear thinking and good writing in and about the West.”

Since 1988, Fishtrap has been an oasis for writers, readers, and people from all walks of life who are passionate about the West. Fishtrap strives to cultivate exceptional writing, thoughtful readings, and provocative discussions through an array of programs including writing instruction, readings, lectures, and youth programs. Our flagship program, the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering, brings writers of all ages and abilities together for a week of inspired writing workshops each July at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon.


Our Place

Learn more about the amazing place we live, create, and work.

Our History

Fishtrap has been a place for writers and clear thinkers since 1988. Read more here.

Our Team

Meet our staff, board, and advisors.

The Fishtrap House

Learn more about the house we work in…