About Summer Fishtrap

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About the Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers

Summer Fishtrap is a week-long gathering of writers held at Wallowa Lake, Oregon each July. Aspiring and established writers spend time together in a week of writing workshops, panel discussions, evening readings and even find time to relax, write, hike, and fish. Take a look at Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center, longtime host to our flagship summer event.

What sets Summer Fishtrap apart from other writing conferences is our remote mountain lake setting, a focus on a provocative theme related to living and writing in the west, and on the generation of new writing. Participants come away with new skills, new beginnings, and a renewed sense of their own creative potential. Many people report having the best group writing experience of their lives at Summer Fishtrap.

The 2015 Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our founders, the journalist and historian, Alvin Josephy. Josephy was a marine, a journalist, and an historian. He became deeply interested in the history of Native Americans, especially the Nez Perce whose homeland is here in Wallowa County.  Among many other books, he edited Lewis and Clark through Indian Eyes. He was dedicated to getting the whole story, especially those stories which have been widely ignored or devalued by the general population. In his honor, the 2015 Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers theme will be Hidden From History: Stories We Haven’t Heard, Stories We Haven’t Told.  Our key note speaker will be the journalist and author, Timothy Egan. The closing address will be given by Winona LaDuke.

The dates are July 6-12, 2015. The place, as always, will be the Wallowa Lake Camp and Retreat Center a few miles south of Joseph, Oregon.

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Registration opens online on February 24, 2015. If you’d like to receive updates on all the latest information on Summer Fishtrap and other Fishtrap doings, sign up to receive our e-news.


What people say:

“What an experience to be surrounded by people who had come to think and reflect and write; it made for a high-powered workshop as well as some great dinner table conversations.”

“I am happy to say I came away with some great new, concrete writing skills . . . I find myself choosing words in a wholly new inspired way.”

“[Fishtrap] created a wonderful space to work that offered enough structure to feel productive and enough free time for my own ideas to develop.”