About Us

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

· 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

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

of prose. 

.. 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.


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