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. She writes, teaches, and raises children and horses from her home on Lopez Island.

Yearlong Course in Book Length Narrative

Is your bold idea hiding under the bucket of something small and safe? Are you writing in circles? Too many ideas? Too few? No fear! Fishtrap’s Yearlong Writers’ Workshop will help you be that writer and to go where you intend to go. 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 individually, through trial and error, and emerge with stories that flow and sing, are important, heartfelt, and original. Karen Fisher welcomes all narrative writers: fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, book length poems, and even strange experiments.

Fishtrap’s Yearlong Workshop is $7020 which includes registration and meals for the 2017 and 2018 Summer Fishtrap weeklong 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.

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Praise for Karen Fisher:

I first met Karen Fisher between the pages of her book, “A Sudden Country.” It was a stunning novel, the best I had read in years, so when I heard she was scheduled to teach a class at Fishtrap, the writer’s conference, I immediately signed up. The 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

I’ve had many fine 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. Karen has the mind of an engineer and the heart of a poet. She has the ability to understand story structure and character motivation in a very deep and detailed way. Working with Karen, I have never been more inspired. Never trusted myself more. Never felt more supported and understood.
– Ann Eisenberg