WALLOWA LAKE – Fishtrap Inc. will host its 25th Summer Fishtrap Gathering centered around the theme “Catch and Release.”

The weeklong workshop and gathering of writers will meet July 9-15 at Wallowa Lake Camp, the United Methodist campground.

Keynote speaker of the weekend Fishtrap Gathering will be David James Duncan, author of “The River Why,” who is scheduled to speak Friday, July 13.

In his keynote talk, Duncan will address the metaphoric significance of catch and release in writing and in life.

Another highlight will be “Fishtrap Live,” a Saturday night celebration with story and song, hosted by Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan.

Throughout the week participants will attend morning creative writing workshops, afternoon classes, evening readings, open mics and panel discussions.

The week-long program starts late Monday afternoon, July 9, with check-in, dinner and a welcoming evening presentation. Morning workshops will be held Tuesday through Saturday, with open mics and faculty readings in the evenings. The Gathering will close with a Sunday morning panel and presentation.

Jamie Ford, author of the best-selling novel, “Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” will offer a workshop titled: “Headwaters, Where it All Begins.”

Other workshop faculty members include: Marjorie Sandor, Luci Tapahonso, Luis Alberto Urrea, Hal Cannon, and Teresa Jordan.

Fishtrap also offers workshops for youth, age 10-17, and “Outpost,” a nature-writing workshop held in a remote location, led by Ellen Waterston.

Afternoon classes include publishing, the literature of fishing, and the alchemy of art. Don Snow will moderate panel discussions with David James Duncan and other Fishtrap faculty.

For those who do not have the time for the full week, there’s a weekend-only option.

For those who want more, Fishtrap now offers two Yearlong Workshops. This program offers a full year of long-distance mentoring, book-ended by opening and closing weeks at Summer Fishtrap. Two new year-long classes will start in July with Kim Stafford and Jane Vandenburgh.

Information about the faculty members, schedule and other details is available online. Online registration opens April 2. For more information, visit Fishtrap’s website, call 541-426-3623 or e-mail executive director Ann Whitfield Powers, ann@fishtrap.org.

Fishtrap Inc. is a literary arts nonprofit organization based in Enterprise, dedicated to promoting clear thinking and good writing in and about the West.

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