Yearlong Workshop

Fishtrap Yearlong Writers’ Workshop

Early application period opens December 15, 2016

Fishtrap’s Yearlong Workshop is a 13-month intensive writing program modeled after low-residency MFA programs, with short, intense group sessions framing a year of long-distance instruction. The Yearlong program begins and ends with attendance at Summer Fishtrap in 2017 and 2018, where students meet with the instructor as a group. In between these face-to-face meetings, participants work closely with their instructor, exchanging monthly packets of writing and discussion of the work. With each packet the writer moves toward the development of a full-length manuscript and the goal of having a complete draft by the end of the course.

Fishtrap’s Yearlong Writers’ Workshop has already helped many Fishtrap writers generate manuscripts and go on to publication. If you don’t need a degree, but just want high-quality, sustained support and instruction for your writing, this program could be the perfect one for you.

2017-2018 A Yearlong Course in Book Length Narrative
with Karen Fisher

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve had many writing teachers over the course of my career … but I’ve never learned as much about the craft from anyone as I’ve learned from Karen Fisher. I have never been more inspired. Never trusted myself more. Never felt more supported and understood. – Ann Eisenberg

The (Yearlong) class was extraordinary. Karen has thought longer and harder about what makes a novel tick than anyone I know, and she shares what she has learned with generosity, with clarity, and with an open heart. Thank you, Karen, from the bottom of my heart. I could not imagine recommending anyone more highly. – David Osborne

Karen Fisher writes:
True stories come from the hidden depths: their sources are what we’re afraid to say, don’t know how to say, or have never quite heard said. Great writers are brave writers, and great art finds its origin in wonder, and its answers from within. In this Yearlong course we’ll bring our wonder to the many mysteries of writing a book-length story. From exploring the sources of our subjects in ourselves, to generating the fertile chaos from which great writing springs, to studying and experimenting with different ways to shape and revise, we’ll move together and as individuals from curiosity through necessary failures to the bit-by-bit joy of finding exactly the right words. This class will help anyone working in book-length narrative, whether fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, play/screenplay, or some brave combination. Writers at any stage of conception, creation, or revision are welcome to apply.

Karen Fisher

Karen Fisher is the author of A Sudden Country, and the upcoming Heart of the Monster. A PEN/Faulkner finalist, Washington State Book Award winner, and NEA fellow, she works as a developmental editor and novel coach, and has taught for the University of Washington, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and Fishtrap. Her in-progress experiments include memoir, nonfiction, poetry, and things that don’t know what they are. She writes, teaches, and raises children and horses from her home on Lopez Island. Karen taught the Yearlong Workshop in 2011 – 2012 and 2015-2016 to rave reviews. We’re happy to have her back.

Fishtrap’s Yearlong Workshop is $7020 which includes registration and meals for the 2017 and 2018 Summer Fishtrap week long workshops. Tuition is due in monthly payments over 13 months. A $720 discount is available for those who pay their tuition in full by April 1, 2017.

Early application submission period opens December 15, 2016. To apply, prospective participants submit a PDF file including a writing sample of 5-10 pages and a statement outlining their book or project. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2017. We will notify applicants by February 1, 2017. If positions in the workshop remain after that time, Fishtrap will accept additional applications on an ongoing basis until filled.

If you have questions, get in in touch with Fishtrap Program Manager, Mike Midlo. 541-426-3623 /

2017 Yearlong Workshop Application

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