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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OOTA's AGM: 20th October 2012

Out of the Asylum Inc, advises that OOTA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 20th October, 2-4pm in the Drawing Studio (was the Function Room) at the Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle. 
Josephine Clarke is stepping down from the committee after several years of hard work as President and in current years as a committee member. Her position will become vacant and nominations for new committee members are called for from financial members: 
Helen Hagemann is stepping down as President and will remain as Webmistress. 
The committee now gratefully welcomes Julie Watts (Vice-President) to the position of President. Helen Trengrove will be stepping into the role as Vice-President. Your nominations of support for Julie & Helen would be gratefully received. All other positions, including Secretary, Treasurer, Agenda Coordinator and some Committee Members remain, however we have some new ladies stepping into the role of ordinary committee members: Kamille Roach, Bev Smith, Liz Hearnden and Vivienne Glance. It will be a great 2013 committee.

In the latter part of the program, the winners of the Spilt Ink Poetry Competition will be announced. We hope to see you on the day!

Download our forms
AGM Form 2012  
Nomination Form 2012  
Proxy Form 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Join OOTA & our classes!

What is OOTA?
OOTA - Out of the Asylum Writers’ Group is a supportive social and professional network for emerging and established writers. We meet regularly at the Fremantle Arts Centre, which once was an asylum, hence our name. Since forming in 1996, OOTA have published anthologies of short fiction and poetry, and run workshops and competitions.

How to join OOTA:
You can write to us at ootawriters@gmail.comor download a membership form here.

What is Writing at the Centre?
Writing at the Centre is an independent writing class conducted each Friday at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Room 2, upstairs in the main building.

What You Can Expect at the Centre
Poetry and Prose Classes that are structured each week for your writing enjoyment.

THE POETRY Class concentrates on the form, enabling new or established poets to enhance their poetic writing skills, knowledge and technique.

THE PROSE Class generally looks at the short story form which enables writers to learn the basics
of style, narrative structure, characterization, plot, dialogue, exploring life experience, editing, etc. and how to employ these through writing exercises.

Our Teachers

Shane McCauley, (poetry) is an award-winning published poet with several collections, including The Chinese Feast, Deep Sea Diver, The Butterfly Man, Shadow Behind the Heart, Glassmaker and The Drunken Elk (Sunline 2005/2010). He co-edited an anthology of WA poetry, The Weighing of the Heart, also published by Sunline in 2007. He has taught English at Edith Cowan University, has received local and overseas Fellowships, and currently teaches at TAFE. Shane offers an informative & stimulating poetry class for beginners, emerging writers, as well as published poets.

Helen Hagemann (prose) is a published poet with poetry and prose published in major Australian literary journals. In 2004, she won an ASA poetry mentorship studying with NSW poet, Jean Kent. In 2008, she won a Varuna Longlines/ Poetry workshop in Katoomba, NSW. In association with the Australian Poetry Centre's New Poets Program her collection, Evangelyne & Other Poems, was published in 2009. A second collection of Arc & Shadow is forthcoming from Sunline Press in August 2013. Helen has an MA in Creative Writing, writes prose poetry, and is currently working on a second novel. Her classes are informative, fun and often filled with surprises.

Be inspired to write! Classes are for all ages, for beginners, as well as intermediate and published writers.
Fees per class are $20 (OOTA ) $25 (NON-OOTA)

Venue: Room 2, upstairs in the main arts building. 10.00am to midday. No Booking necessary!

Please Note: You are eligible for class concession fees if  you join Out of the Asylum Writers Group
Contact: Helen Hagemann on mob: 0404 666 156 - email


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