About Summer Fishtrap

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

Registration opens February 1, 2017


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

Confirmed Workshop Faculty to Date

Luis Alberto Urrea
Kim Stafford
Naomi Shihab Nye
Jamie Ford
Scott Russell Sanders
Debra Magpie Earling
Craig Childs
Nina McConigley
Anis Mojgani
Cameron Scott
Karen Fisher
Kate Power & Steve Einhorn
… and more

Summer Fishtrap Fellowships
Accepting applications Nov. 15 to Dec. 15

Summer Fishtrap Scholarships
Accepting applications Dec. 15 to Jan. 15

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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.”