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

Friday, December 21, 2012


Commences 2nd January 2013 - OOTA members are advised that Helen Hagemann & Lucas North are offering a “free” brush-up critiquing service prior to & to help with your submission to the Anthology 2013. We want to reach those writers who possibly do not attend class to get added benefits, but have been quietly working away, and would like extra eyes on their work.
Our Method will be the Ham & Salad Sandwich Critique:  that is we compliment the nice ingredients in your work, such as the tomato, egg, and cheese. We then suggest you edit out the not-so-good parts of the sandwich, such as the mayonnaise, gherkin, onion or the tired, limp lettuce. We will send you a written report and you are then free to either take up the suggestions or not. What usually occurs from a strong critique is that this will give you the benefit of taking the poem or prose further. Often this gives you ideas for a better sentence, a much stronger verb or the necessary nous to delete any hackneyed phrases.
Send no more than two mixed pieces: poetry, short story or creative non-fiction to Please Note: we are only interested in crafted work, and this is a once only service.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes
Helen Hagemann & Lucas North

Monday, December 17, 2012

OOTA Writers Xmas Party on 14th Dec @ the Fremantle Arts Centre

 *The Christmas Gathering of OOTA Writers* 

Members listening to Shane
OOTA's Christmas lunch at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, 14th December. Broad smiles, some wine & talk, a welcome by our President Julie Watts & then Helen Trengrove proceeded to invite our guests to read. We respectfully lowered our heads listening to Shane McCauley, Roland Leach, Josephine Clarke, and Dick Alderson. Writers who took the opportunity in the *open readings* were Bruce Russell, Janet Nowknownas Jackson and Helen Hagemann. It was great to hear two prose writers this year; an intro from Bruce Russell's new book "Reunion", and a story excerpt from our 1st prize winner of the Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Competition, Josephine Clarke. A great day and the sun shone beautifully between the plane trees. A big thank you to Jo Clarke for these pics and also Annamaria Weldon's other 11 photos @ https://... more »
Shane Reading
Helen T.
Annamaria, Janice, Rachael, Rose, Viv & girls
Bruce Russell announcing his new book

Roland Leach

Jackson & Tineke

Carrie, Rose & Annamaria

Rosie & Bruce

Roland and members enjoying the festivities

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to all our writers, friends and associates, 2012


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