Meet JaNay Brown-Wood, PHD

Over the years, we’ve had lots of requests for a Children’s Literature workshop at Summer Fishtrap. We listened, and then we found the perfect instructor. JaNay Brown-Wood, PhD, is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and scholar. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Child and Adolescent Development Department. Her first picture book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award, and her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story! received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award. Words to Build a Better World: Contemplating and Crafting Authentic Stories for Children   In this workshop we will talk about writing for children and review some basics of picture books and novels as well as elements of a story that move a young reader through a strong narrative. Additionally, we will look critically at what makes a good children’s book, especially when considering the importance of capturing authentic and diverse voices. Learn more and register here.    

Summer Fishtrap Youth Workshops

Do you know a kid who loves to write? This year’s Summer Fishtrap Youth Workshops are taught by MOsley WOtta and Whitney Chandler — fun, experienced educators who will help young writers discover their unique creative voice and inspire them to tell their stories in new and exciting ways. Wallowa County residents and vaccinated students canattend the week of classes in-person at Joseph Charter School July 12-16, or join us online via Zoom. Youth Scholarships are still available. 

Fishtrap has several scholarship opportunities still available for students to attend Summer Fishtrap this July for FREE! Summer Fishtrap Youth Scholarships are awarded based on a personal letter demonstrating the applicant’s financial need, and how  attending Summer Fishtrap can inspire and improve their writing. Fishtrap is accepting applications now through May 14, 2021.

Click here to learn more about Summer Fishtrap Youth Scholarships and apply — or contact Emily Aumann: or call 541-426-3623 ext. 3.

JOIN US! If you’ve always wanted to try Summer Fishtrap, this might be the year for you! Register for a weeklong writing experience including daily three hour workshops, craft talks, readings, special events, and more. Click here to learn more.

Fishtrappers Make a Difference

You did it!

Last month we asked you to help us reach 100 Fishtrappers. You came through and then some! Welcome new Fishtrappers! We are grateful to each and every one of you. Why not join them?  Fishtrapper members receive registration discounts for Summer Fishtrap, Winter Fishtrap, Writing Workshops, plus a welcome packet with small thank you gifts. This year, we have more surprises planned, including  special members only events and quarterly mailings. Membership starts at just $5 per month. Join now and receive an invitation to our first-ever Fishtrap Happy Hour members-only event June 2.

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Coming Up at Fishtrap


Virtual Writing Workshop


Circle of Seasons

The spring edition of Wallowa County’s very own zine is now available. Get your copy at a number of Wallowa County businesses including The Bookloft and Wild Carrot, or click here to download a paper-free edition. Submissions for the summer issue are due June 6. Learn more.
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