Join us and meet other writers!

In the leafy grounds and hibiscus shade of the Fremantle Arts Centre Café.

Flame Trees in the Courtyard

Take your time to feel the energy of leaf power.

Friendly Fauna

Oh good, a bunch of writers with food!

Always be on the lookout for strange characters

They will make an interesting plot.

Haiku for Joyce

concrete two-seater
come, come, all writers sit on
my hard art

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Launch of Sandfire by Sunline Press: Poets Flora Smith, Rose van Son & Chris Konrad

Dear Members, Poets, Friends!

Now that the plum pudding has settled and the turkey is all gone, here’s an invitation for you to the 14th January book launch of Sandfire, published by Sunline Press. Sandfire is a poetry collection by Flora Smith, Rose van Son and Christopher Konrad. We would love to see all our OOTA members there, and of course if you would kindly RSVP to Roland at Sunline Press (or Flora @ they would be better able to judge numbers at the launch.

Event: Launch of Sandfire – a poetry collection.
Saturday 14th January 2012 @ 2.30pm
Gallows Gallery
53 Glyde Street,
Mosman Park.

RSVP: Roland Leach -

Sunday, December 18, 2011

OOTA Christmas Party Slide Show

On Friday, 16th December 2011 we celebrated Christmas under a shady gazebo and the towering plane trees at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Julie Watts our Vice-President welcomed members to the Christmas Party and thanked them for attending. All in all it was a great day with food, wine and readings by our members. Steve Finch from dotdotdash also spoke about their latest promotion called Subscribeathon as well as the idea of subscribers becoming gold members to receive other benefits. Over 40 writers attended, each taking home their first copy of dotdotdash #8, and plenty of Christmas wishes from OOTA.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Merry Christmas from the OOTA Team - Christmas Party Update

Wishing a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all our members. We hope you can make it to our last function for the year!

OOTA will celebrate Christmas this year on Friday, 16th December at noon in the leafy grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre. Amongst the festivities there will be readings by Gail Willems, Renee Schipp, Helen Trengrove, Carol Milner, Carolyn Abbs and Julie Watts.

Bring a plate, a bottle of your choice of poison and your good Christmas cheer!

The committee decided that as the16th is the last class/meeting day at the FAC, it was a perfect time to hand out our membership journal dotdotdash. Members are to see Carolyn Abbs to obtain a copy of the publication. We hope you can assist us by coming along and collecting your copy, even if you can't stay. This saves OOTA postage handling time & money.

We also advise that classes for prose & poetry will resume early in 2012, Shane's poetry is starting back on Friday 13th January and prose with Helen Hagemann on 20th. Saturday poetry commences on 4th February at 1.30 at the Grove.  This notice is also up on our two blogs. & on our Classes page.

We hope that you can come along and join us for our Christmas celebration!

See You in the Courtyard 
Fremantle Arts Centre 
1 Finnerty Street, 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Last Prose Writing Class at the FAC for 2011

Our last prose workshop for the year on Friday, 16th December, 2011 is ‘Writing Exercises & Readings of your work'. The first hour will focus on the sensory elements of sight/sound, esp. in Edgar Allan Poe’s story The Tell Tale Heart. 2nd Hour is readings of your work. Anyone who has written during the year in any of the “series” based classes is welcome to come along. Depending on numbers writers are given 5-8 minutes each in the readings. If you want comments from other writers please print out enough copies to hand out. Not really for “Poets” but you are welcome to come along and read a prose poem.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Peter Bishop visits OOTA at the FAC

Mohammed comes to the mountain: Peter Bishop comes to lunch at OOTA. With only two weeks of the OOTA year to go, there is still a great deal happening. This Friday, 9th December, we will be joined at lunch by Peter Bishop, who is currently in residence at Mattie Furphy House. Peter Bishop was Creative Director of Varuna for 17 years, and is about to launch an independent program, The Writer Conversation, which will work with writers at keeping focused on projects and looking for opportunities for their work. Come along for a round table conversation about writing and getting published.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Congratulations to Susan Siddall!

Congratulations to Susan Siddall for the recent publication of the first of her memoirs, Is the Chimney Really Burning? Susan is an OOTA member and has been an attendee at Friday's Prose Class & also Bruce Russell's Master Classes. We sincerely wish her well!


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