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, January 31, 2013

You are invited to the launch of Honey & Hemlock by Julie Watts

You are invited to the launch of Julie Watts' first poetry collection 
"Honey & Hemlock"

Hosted by Roland Leach and launched by Shane McCauley.

2:00 - 4.30pm, Saturday 9th February, 2013.

The Pavlich Room, Fremantle Arts Centre

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Fremantle 6160

International Writers' Fellowships

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International Writers' Fellowships

The Faculty of Creative Arts has joined forces with three Universities in the UK and USA to offer Australian writers the opportunity to promote their work on the international stage. The program targets writers who are well regarded in Australia but whose work is as yet unknown internationally.The Univerisities of Kingston, Norwich and Iowa will host the fellows, providing them with access to writers, academics and readers. Fellows will also spend time at UOW, giving students the opportunity to hear about their working and writing lives.

For Guidelines:

Friday, January 4, 2013

For Perth writers: Publication Opportunity in The Lifted Brow

The Lifted Brow is doing their next issue all about Perth, and they are looking for submissions. New deadline 12th January, 2013. The issue will be launched at the Perth Writers Festival in February.

See the link below for more details

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

FAC Classes Announced for 2013!

2013 Schedule 
Poetry at the Fremantle Arts Centre
Shane McCauley commences the Poetry Class at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, 18th January, 2013. This class concentrates on the form, enabling new, progressive and established poets to enhance their poetic writing skills, knowledge and technique.
Shane is an award-winning poet with eight collections of poetry, including his 2012 chapbook Ghost Catcher. He is an erudite teacher, having taught at Edith Cowan University, Tafe and seven years at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Prose at the Fremantle Arts Centre
Helen Hagemann commences the Prose Class at the Fremantle Arts Centre for 2013 on Friday, 8th February, returning with "Worldwide Short Fiction". This series will inspire writers to learn the techniques of short story writing by looking at the best writers/ new writers of short fiction from all over the globe incl. Anton Chekhov, Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, Delmore Schwartz, William Faulkner, Gabriel García Márquez, Franz Kafka, John Shirley, David Malouf, Katharine Mansfield, Christina Stead, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Geraldine Mills, and many more.

Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St. Fremantle
Room: 2 - Upstairs in the north wing
Starts: Friday (fortnightly) on 8th February, 2013
Time: 10.00am til noon
Cost: $20 (OOTA members), $25 (non-OOTA members)

Join OOTA here...
Download our New Brochure for 2013 here

Monday Poetry at the Grove for 2013 with Helen Hagemann
Classes continue for Term 1 on a Monday - fourth Monday in the month. First class is Monday 25th February, & the final class for the term is Monday, 27th May: 1.00pm - 3.00pm. Helen continues teaching contemporary poetry for those wishing to write contemporary poetry.

Venue: The Grove Library, 1 Leake St. Peppermint Grove (cnr Stirling Hwy)
Room: The Flax Room (next to computer room)
Starts: Monday (the fourth Monday in the month) 
Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: $15 (OOTA members), $20 (non-OOTA members)

An OOTA Anthology for 2013!

DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES here  in .pdf or Docx

Sample of OOTA's previous publication

Dear Members,

We wish to advise that OOTA has a new opportunity for publication of your work. In 2013, subject to funding, we intend to publish an anthology of works by our writers. This opportunity is for financial members only; we hope that you will participate by submitting your work. You can start writing now, or delve into that bottom drawer where those gems await to surface.

Submission Guidelines

Members have the choice to submit their work in poetry, prose, or creative non-fiction. Please be advised that we will accept (only)

a)    three works in total in this one submission. However, you can choose a mixture of poetry, short story and creative non-fiction.

b)    Poems to have a line limit @ 30 lines – Times New Roman, size 12, single spaced. Stories to have a maximum of 2,500 words – Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.Similarly, creative non-fiction has a maximum limit of 2,500 words – Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.

Your work should not have been previously published, but may have previously won or been placed in a competition (but please provide the proper accompanying acknowledgements).

Please note:  All submissions must have a cover sheet and if you are emailing your work it must be submitted as one file. NO NAME on the manuscript. Poems, short stories and creative non-fiction to include the "title" only. The cover sheet must come first as page 1.
Example cover sheet should show, as follows:-

                                                    COVER SHEET

Your name:
Titles of submission: 
1. .............................................................. (short story) 2,500 words
2................................................................ (creative non-fiction) 2,500 words
3................................................................ (poetry) 30 lines 

Contact details: -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The closing date for submissions is Thursday 31st January, 2013.  

We advise that there will be no fee paid for your work, but you will receive a copy of the anthology in lieu of payment. Judging will take place in the new year, and you will be advised if your work is successful. 

Send to: Anthology 2013, PO Box 142, Fremantle WA 6959
or email as one attachment to

Please note: Non-adherence to submission rules may bring disqualification.

Good luck!


Disclaimer: OOTA advises that we are attempting to fund this project through the assistance of the Department of Culture and the Arts. However, we cannot guarantee that this project will go ahead, if our grant application is unsuccessful. Members will be notified in due course if alternatives for publication of the anthology eventuate or alternatives to the guidelines occur.

Out of the Asylum is an independent organization that provides a framework for all writers – and new and emerging writers in particular – to develop their creativity and reach audiences through publication or performance.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to All!


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