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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bringing out the Writer in You - Classes at the Fremantle Arts Centre 2015

Creative Writing Classes for the Writer in You

Shane McCauley and Helen Hagemann offer friendly, insightful and erudite classes at the Fremantle Arts Centre, every Friday from 1pm.  Why not join us, together with members of the Out of the Asylum Writers Group, for some informative and fun writing classes. Shane conducts the poetry class on alternate Fridays to the Prose class with Helen Hagemann.
Fremantle Arts Centre, Room 3, upstairs in the main building. Shane's first class is this Friday, 16th January @ 1pm. Helen starts the Prose class on Friday, 6th February. All welcome!

Shane McCauley has wide experience in the teaching field, having taught previously at Edith Cowan University, at TAFE Midland, was joint editor of OOTA’s publication The Weighing of the Heart, and has taught poetry at the FAC for 7 years. He is an award-winning published poet with several collections, including The Chinese Feast, Deep Sea Diver, The Butterfly Man, Shadow Behind the Heart, Glassmaker & The Drunken Elk (both Sunline Press). His latest chapbook from Studio is called  Ghost Catcher, and there's a new collection waiting in the wings. Shane offers a wealth of knowledge, an expert on formalism and creates a learned, stimulating poetry class for beginners, emerging writers, as well as published poets.

Helen Hagemann commences the Prose Class at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday, 6th February. This year’s course will look at all genres of fiction: novel, novella, short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, etc.  Chosen randomly each fortnight, writers will learn the techniques and differences of all fiction genres. Helen brings to the course her academic knowledge and practice of all types of creative writing, esp. the classics and contemporary works.
Helen is a prize-winning 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. Her recent collection of Arc & Shadow was published by Sunline Press, 2013. Helen teaches with the benefits of an MA in Creative Writing, writing short stories, prose poetry, and bringing a second novel to completion. Her classes are informative, fun and often filled with surprises.

Duration of course: February - December —no booking required.
These are casual (alternate poetry/prose) fortnightly classes. Fridays, 1pm. Cost $20 OOTA member, $25 Non-OOTA member.

So why not come along, try us out, we cater to beginners with no pressure. You can learn to write prose, (mainly the short story & techniques) and poetry with established West Australian poets? Find us also on Facebook


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