Fishtrap is excited to announce that for the first time in its 33-year history, the Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers will be held online as a Virtual Weeklong Writing Conference. Using this year’s theme, Courage, as our inspiration, we are working with the Summer Fishtrap faculty, our partners at Eastern Oregon University, the Bookloft, and other local businesses to bring as much of the Summer Fishtrap experience as possible to your home.


Why did we make this decision? 
COVID-19. There is nothing more important than the safety of our community, whether that’s the community of writers who come to the lake, or our local remote Wallowa County community. While we are seeing signs that efforts to “flatten the curve” have had a positive impact, there is a lot of uncertainty about when it will be safe for people to travel or gather in large groups. At the same time, we know there is a real need for writers to come together to share work and build skills. Providing a virtual experience gives us the ability to do just that while protecting our Fishtrap community.

Join us for the 33rd Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers
Take a weeklong writing workshop via live video conferencing in fiction, nonfiction, essay, short story, or poetry. Each workshop will be limited to no more than 13 participants, giving you the opportunity to build connections with your fellow writers and world-class instructor. Throughout the week, we’ll bring the best of Summer Fishtrap to you through online craft talks, discussions, readings, and access to exclusive videos and materials including Craig Childs’ keynote address.

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