ENTERPRISE – “I had a really fun week with you guys and I’m very excited to hear what you are going to read,” said Cameron Scott, Fishtrap writer-in-residence, to Enterprise 4th and 5th graders recently just before their in-class reading in front of classmates, teacher Melisa Bush, and a scattering of family visitors.

Each student in classes Scott has been teaching during his eight-week tenure in Wallowa County get the chance to step into the classroom spotlight to read the favorite thing they’d written.

“We did all kinds of fun exercises. A lot of them are still influenced by the Big Read and writing about dragons and subjects like that,” Scott said.

Indeed, dragons were a favorite topic among the elementary writers/readers, as were such subjects as fishing trips with dad, magic talking ferrets, imaginary adventures, fighting robots and a rather violent re-write of “The Three Little Pigs.”

The public will get a chance to hear some of the Enterprise students, as well as a number of Scott’s students from Joseph and Wallowa classes, at the 15th annual Fishtrap Writer-in-Residence Student Literary Reading.

This event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Stage One on Main Street in Enterprise. There is no admission, but donations are appreciated to help Fishtrap’s writer-in-residence program.

For his final two weeks in the county, Scott worked with the students of teachers Kelsey Layton, Jennifer Gibbs and Kate McLain in Wallowa.

His first three weeks were in Joseph with the 7th and 8th grade English students of Liza Butts, who gives the visiting teacher rave reviews, saying her classes “loved, loved, loved” working with him.

“Cam stressed the importance of writing for yourself. It was a powerful statement,” Butts said. “The students realized that when they write freely, they should be writing things that fulfill them, not anyone else. I really saw the students blossom, and their creative writing skills have improved.”

She added, “I want to thank Cam for being here, and also thank Fishtrap for having this excellent program. It really is a great thing, and I would highly recommend the program to any teacher.”

For more information about the upcoming Student Literary Reading or the Writers-in-Residence Program, contact Fishtrap, 541-426-3623 or visit .

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