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)

The 2014/2015 school year:

The fall Fishtrap College course, WR 121, English Composition, is currently in session.  This spring we will offer a creative writing course. Details will be posted here soon.

The 2014/2015 Fishtrap College instructor is Alyssa Halton,  an experienced OSU instructor who is in her third year as an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at Oregon State University.  She writes creative non-fiction and teaches composition and creative writing at OSU.  Click here to apply.

The 2015/2016 school year:

Writing 121 will be offered again in the fall of 2015. 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

WR 121 – English Composition

Course Description: 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. This is a required class at OSU and most colleges and universities. Instructor: OSU Instructor Alyssa Halton will teach Fishtrap College next year. Alyssa is an accomplished writer who has taught WR 121 at OSU for the past two years as a graduate student in the Masters of Fine Arts program. She will live in the county for the 2014/2015 school year and will be available to offer guidance and support in between classes.

Date, Time, Place: Fishtrap College classes will be held at the Fishtrap House (400 E Grant Street in Enterprise), on Friday mornings from 8:30 -11:30 AM. WR 121 will begin Sept, 2015 and end in mid December  (no class on days when the schools have Friday classes). Attendance is required, but the instructor will offer make-up work for missed days due to sports or other conflicts. One class can be missed with no penalty, if students give advance notice and make-up work is completed.

College Credit: WR 121 is a 3 credit course. Students who successfully complete the class with a minimum grade of C- will receive OSU college credit and an OSU transcript.

Cost:  Fishtrap College costs $350/student.  Your high school might cover all or part of the cost – check with your high school principal. Limited scholarship money may be available as well. Students will also need to budget for buying a text book (about $20).

Application & Enrollment Process: Current Wallowa County high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall of 25 are eligible to take the class.  We will begin acception applications in April, 2015. To apply, fill out the application form and mail or drop it by the Fishtrap House.  You may pick up an application at the Fishtrap House or apply online right here. We will let you know within one week if you are accepted and will then help you get registered.  The class will be capped at 12 students.   No applications will be accepted after the first day of class, September, 2015.

Readiness: If you are doing well in your high school English class, you should be prepared to take this course. If you have questions about the course requirements, the instructor, Alyssa Halton, would be happy to talk with you. Contact her at Alyssa@fishtrap.org. If you have questions about the application and enrollment process contact Ann Powers, Fishtrap’s Executive Director. She can be reached at ann@fishtrap.org 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

Students in the 2014 Fishtrap College poetry writing class with their instructor, the poet Sally Parrish.

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