About Summer Fishtrap

Thanks to everyone who came to Summer Fishtrap this year. What a week!

Make your plans now to attend the 30th Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers
July 10-16, 2017



 Weeklong workshops in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and book arts. Plus panel discussions, open mic
readings, and break-out sessions all in the beautiful setting of Wallowa Lake.


Saturday, July 9 – Outpost Check-in
Sunday, July 10 – Summer Fishtrap Check-in, Welcome Dinner/Presentation
Mon-Fri, July 11-15 – Morning Writing Workshops 9am-12pm, Afternoon Activities/Presentations, Evening Readings
Saturday, July 16 – Morning Presentations/Brunch

Download the Summer Fishtrap 2016 Participant packet here.

Select one instructor from our diverse list of offerings.  You’ll meet with them for a workshop every morning, M-F from 9am-Noon. Afternoons are free for partiipants to write, go for a swim, or any number of other activities. We also offer a breakout session, panel discussion, or craft talk every afternoon along with an open mic event for folks to share new work. Each evening features readings from Summer Fishtrap faculty. Thursday night, July 14 is the keynote presentation and on Friday night we present the ever entertaining Fishtrap Live. Saturday morning wraps things up with the final panel discussion, a closing address, and brunch.

Summer Fishtrap is held at Wallowa Lake Camp.


Robert Michael Pyle delivers Summer Fishtrap’s 2016 Keynote Thursday evening, July 13. Pyle is the widely respected author of twenty books, which have received the John Burroughs Medal, the National Outdoor Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Washington Book awards, and a PNBA book Award. A recent Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana, he has taught placed-based writing from Tasmania to Outpost.


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About Summer Fishtrap

Summer Fishtrap is a week-long gathering of writers and thinkers 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.

There are three things that set Summer Fishtrap apart from other writing conferences. The first is the place. The Wallowa Mountains and Wallowa Lake are inspirational, steeped history. The second is a focus on a provocative annual theme ripe for discussion and related to living and writing in the West. Our theme for 2016 is “Frontiers and Fences.” The third is on the generation of new writing. Summer Fishtrap isn’t a place to sell your book, it’s a place to write it! But more than that, Summer Fishtrap is an opportunity for writers and thinkers to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community.

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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.”