Out of the Asylum Inc.
is an independent organization that provides a framework for all writers
– new and emerging writers in particular – to develop their creativity and
reach audiences through publication or performance.
OOTA offers its members:-
· Reduced fees at Friday writing classes at Fremantle Arts Centre (Writing at the Centre)
· Network Tuesdays the weekly e-broadsheet of writing news, competitions and opportunities
· OOTA News—http://ootawriters.blogspot.com
· Generous discounts to a number of local businesses including Book Café, Claremont.
· Lunchtime meetings after class where writers meet on a social basis, have lunch or coffee in the leafy courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre Cafe. Fridays 12.00-2.pm.
A Brief History of our Publishing
OOTA was formed in 1996 to provide a forum for members to improve and grow their talent. OOTA has published three anthologies of short fictionand poetry: November Light, Tidelines and Friday’s Page, and in 2005 a fourth a collection of poetry, The Weighing of the Heart. This publication was edited by Roland Leach, Donna Ward and Shane McCauley, with an introduction by John Kinsella and published by Sunline Press.
In the past OOTA has: -
.. produced Finishing Line, an intensive mentoring
course for emerging writers, funded by
ArtsWA and supported by writingWA and the
Fremantle Arts Centre.
.. developed a project for playwrights, and Pruning
Prose—a critiquing programme for writers
.. helped to launch INDIGO in 2007— a journal
for Western Australian writers, including
poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction.
(Editor: Donna Ward)
.. run a yearly competition, alternating between
prose, poetry and creative non-fiction— called
The OOTA Spilt Ink competition.
Currently, OOTA is planning to publish its fifth anthology of poetry, prose and creative non-fiction of members’ works in late 2013. Editors Susan Midala & Shane McCauley.