Yearlong Writing Workshop

Joseph, Oregon, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:$7,250 — includes registration and meals for 2019 and 2020 Summer Fishtrap Workshops. $500 discount if paid in full by July 8, 2019.
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

CONTACT: Mike Midlo
PHONE: 5414263623

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 – offered at about half the cost of most low-residency MFA programs. The Yearlong program begins and ends with attendance at Summer Fishtrap where students and faculty meet as a group for morning workshops.

The Whole Shebang: Writing that Book Inside You

Fishtrap’s Yearlong Writing Program will be among the most intimate and creative experiences of your writing life. Working within a small, nurturing community of other committed writers, you’ll gain an unprecedented opportunity not only to hone your craft, but more fundamentally, to build powerful new techniques for tapping into the essential qualities of your own life experiences. The work will be exhilarating, and at times, challenging. Even frustrating. That’s the nature of what we do as writers. But the result will be to both expand and strengthen your voice – that ineffable quality that makes you a unique storyteller, like no other in the world.

Whether you’re just starting your book or working on revisions, this year will focus on important considerations for a longer narrative. We’ll talk about some nuts-and-bolts, such as establishing themes, conflict, action, point of view, launching spots, and plot. But we’ll also focus on the psychology of it all – as I like to say, “You date a short story or essay, but you marry a book.” Which means, of course, it’s a long-term relationship, with all the pros and cons of such. We consider what might be preventing us from starting or finishing a book, or managing our own bouts of resistance or bad days—so that the commitment lasts and a draft gets completed. And finally, we’ll focus in on language – motifs and metaphors and flat-out beautiful sentences. We’ll be looking at some contemporary writers (of all genres) to guide us into creating more artful work. This class pertains to long-form fiction and nonfiction.

Yearlong participants meet together for a week of writing and conversation at both the 2019 and 2020 Summer Fishtrap Gatherings in the inspiring setting of Wallowa Lake and one additional winter weekend during the year.


Featured Writers Include:

Laura Pritchett


Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Wallowa Lake Lodge
60060 Wallowa Lake Hwy
Oregon, United States


“Fishtrap promotes clear thinking and good writing in and about the West.”

Since 1988, Fishtrap has been an oasis for writers, readers, and people from all walks of life who are passionate about the West. Fishtrap strives to cultivate exceptional writing, thoughtful readings, and provocative discussions through an array of programs including writing instruction, readings, lectures, and youth programming. Our flagship program, the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering, brings writers of all ages and abilities together for a week of inspired writing workshops each July at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon.