Saturday, 22 February 2020

From Helen Hagemann
I have been teaching the Prose Class at the Fremantle Arts Centre for 12 years and have decided to retire to become a full-time writer, and hence the closure of this website.  Since the forthcoming publication of my debut novel The Last Asbestos Town will eventuate sometime  in April-May 2020 with Adelaide Books LLC, New York there will be a concerted effort by myself to help sell and promote the novel. I already have a reviewer/journalist from Have-a-Go News waiting in the wings for the book and also 3 book clubs (through family members) who would be delighted to read, comment and speak to me at their club.
It will be a busy time for me in 2020-2021 and I look forward to sharing Isaac and May's story from The Last Asbestos Town!

Please direct all future inquiries for the FAC prose and poetry classes to OOTA

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Christopher Konrad will be teaching Prose Classes from now on each Friday fortnight at the Fremantle Arts Centre. He began in Term 2 taking over from Helen Hagemann who retires to be a full-time writer. You may remember his good news recently when he won the 2018 Tom Collins Poetry Award m a competition run by the Fellowship of WA Writers at Swanbourne WA. He is pictured here with Dennis Haskell (Judge) and FAW President Pat Johnson. Christopher has studied extensively, has a Ph.D in Writing from Edith Cowan University and is an erudite writer. Come along and share your writing passions with others, and develop a sensitive and curious writing craft.
Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, the Print Room, however inquire at desk. Time: 1-3pm. What to bring: Notepad, pen, laptop or iPad Cost: OOTA $25 - NON-OOTA $30 (ask for membership form to save). For information on joining OOTA and what we do, please visit our website
Christopher is a Western Australian writer with several books of poetry published. He has poems and short stories published in many journals and online including Westerly, Regime, Page Seventeen, Wet Ink, Creatrix, Swamp, Axon, Island, Cordite. Tamba, Southerly.  Along with other awards he received First Prize for the Tom Collins Poetry Award (2009 & 2018) and the Todhunter Literary Award (2012) for a short story. He is published in Best Australian Poems 2013. His latest book Argot was published by Pomonal Publishing (2016). He is currently working on a collection of short stories, essays, poems and ....

Looking forward to working with you in the coming term 

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Christopher Konrad Ph.d (Wrtg) ECowan

Writing who you are
Do you suffer from Hypergraphia? The compulsion to write? Then this is the course for you! ‘Real’ writers cross culturally, across time and gender all assert that they simply do not have a choice but to write. We write not because we want to, but because we need to!
Writing is not a choice – it’s a compulsion!

A series of three sessions will help you explore the compelled writer within and hopefully, through that process, free up the work and allow it to flow more magically.This series commences on Friday 31st May, 14th June & 28th June at 1pm.  
1. OOTA members $35 per session or $100 for all three 

2. Non-OOTA   $45 per session or $120 for all three

Fremantle Arts Centre, upstairs in the Print Room. Time: 1-3pm. What to bring: Notepad, pen, laptop or iPad. Pay in person when you arrive. Cash or cheque only, no credit card facility. For further information on this series write to or for information on how to join OOTA, please visit our website 

Christopher Konrad is a Western Australian writer and has had poems and short stories published in many journals and online. He has received numerous awards including winning the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize 2015 and Tom Collins Poetry Award in 2009 and 2018. His latest book of poetry, Argot, was published by Pomonal Publishing (2016). He is currently working on other poetry, particularly prose poetry, and a collection of essays. Chris also won the Todhunter Literary Award (2012) for a short story. He is published in Best Australian Poems 2013.  

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Steven Finch will be teaching Prose Classes in Term 1 starting 8th February 1-3pm Fremantle Arts Centre. You may remember him at the Arts Centre (pictured here with friends) living in a yurt for 6 months, as the hard-working Editor of dotdotdash and involved in a myriad of community projects including his role as Administration Officer at the Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany. Steven is not only community-minded about the arts, but is also a published writer. He has a short story The Kid on the Karaoke Stage Emptied His Beer and Cried. Men Threw Him a Line, from which the collection gets its title in a short story collection published by Fremantle Press. Prose classes are Friday fortnightly, commencing 8th February in the Print Room. Further inquiries please contact OOTA @

Read Helen Hagemann's review of Steven's story on Goodreads

Steven's Bio
Steven (SJ) Finch is a writer and community artist. He was the former editor of dotdotdash, a WA creative literature and art journal. He has been published in Westerly, Voiceworks, Cottonmouth, Australian Poetry and by Fremantle Press. In 2015 Finch was the recipient of a CAL Writer in Residence Award from the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA; co-curated Anthologia with Alina Tang, an exhibition of floriographic poetry at Paper Mountain; and launched an ongoing nomadic residency where he lived in a self-made off-grid traveling yurt called grr for 15 months. In 2016 as part of The Blue Room Theatre's Summer Nights program, Finch hosted a mini-festival of storytelling and performance in the Grr called Grr Nights. He co-curated with Claire Bushby, Words Beyond Grammar, a group. He was a selected artist for the Perth International Arts Festival’s Artist Lab 2017, a Creative Producer intern for the Digital Writers Festival 2017, and a featured writer at the National Young Writers’ Festival 2017. He was formerly the Project Officer for National Youth Week, organising the KickstART Festival 2017 Propel Youth Arts WA and the inaugural Literary Youth Festival. He is the current Project Coordinator for Lotterywest Story Street, an ongoing storytelling project with Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Join Helen Hagemann and other Prose writers for some valuable time critiquing your work.

Critiquing Group @ the Fremantle Arts Centre every Prose Friday morning 10.00am to midday.  Commences Friday 8th February. The group meet in the FAC Cafe (small room) which is subject to availability. Writers are asked to send up to 4 pages of their work (Times New Roman, 12, 1.5 spacing) prior to the Friday, so that you can read other writers’ work and comment beforehand. This can be either a short story, flash fiction, prose poetry, part of your novel, your memoir, or part of a non-fiction work that you are having difficulty with. We will critique for two hours, have lunch before class at 1.00pm. Inquiries with Helen - hagemann(dot)helen (at)gmail(dot)com
PLEASE NOTE:  You must be a member of OOTA to join this group!

Friday, 5 October 2018

Veronica Lake returns to the Prose Class for Term 4.

Although Helen Hagemann still manages the classes, it was thought that a change in tutors for the Prose writers was a much needed idea, not only to boost numbers, but also that other teachers bring new ideas, a certain freshness and vigour to the classroom. Veronica has been exceptional and the members of the class have enjoyed her relaxed style, enthusiasm and a wealth of teaching experience and knowledge.

Term 4
Every Friday fortnight commencing 6th October - 30th November 2018. Inquiries to the Out of the Asylum Writers Inc @

Saturday, 7 July 2018

VERONICA LAKE is our relief Prose teacher for Term 3. Veronica will conduct 5 workshops commencing Friday 27th July, 10th & 24th August and 7th & 21st September. Classes commence at the usual time of 1pm - 3pm and OOTA members pay $25 and NON OOTA $30. If you are a member of Writers United WA the cost is also $25 (cash only). Your support of the Prose class and Veronica will be gratefully appreciated. 
Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, upstairs in the Print Room, 1 Finnerty St. Fremantle.

Veronica Lake completed an Honours Degree in Arts at the University of Western Australia (1974), with a double major in English and a Diploma of Education (1975). She also completed a Post Graduate certificate at the University of Melbourne for the study of Shakespeare, (2009). In 2010, Veronica was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for the study of Shakespeare in the theatre companies of England, Ireland and Canada. She has participated in many writing workshops and attended professional development courses as a teacher, which focus on creative writing – both prose and poetry. 
Veronica has been a teacher of Literature and English in W.A. high schools for many years, including Applecross Senior High. She edits and publishes Primo Lux, a state-wide student anthology of poetry, now in its sixteenth year. Student creativity aroused her desire to write poetry and prose which began in 2009. She enjoys patterns of language, structure and the shaping of voice. Veronica has always been interested in language and the sound of words from brain to paper and into the atmosphere. She has had a few short stories published and is still working on the construction of her craft with success in traditional forms; sonnets, dramatic monologues, rhyming narrative and free verse. Her subject matter is drawn from everyday life and personal experience. It is important for her to ‘hear’ the rhythm of lines spoken, and because of her Literature background enjoys alluding to classical stories with characters and references drawn from myths or studied texts. 

Inquiries should be directed to OOTA Writers @

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Writing at the Centre congratulates Richard Regan on the publication of his novel "Oriental Vagabonds"!

In Workshop 10: Publishing Your Work we feature Richard Regan's book. He will read an excerpt from his novel. Richard will also discuss how he published the book on and the class will be instructed on how to upload a manuscript. If you have a collection of short stories, a memoir, a  novel, a creative non-fiction or non-fiction work this is the workshop for you. Richard will show us how easy this is to do, and please bring your laptop or ipad to follow the demonstration. Also available will be comprehensive notes that outline the growing trend of self-publishing. Friday, 29th June @ 1pm - Print room, but please ask at FAC reception. Please note: This is the last class for Term 2.

Oriental Vagabonds
The eve of World War 2, Hitler is finalising his plans for the conquest of Europe and flexing his muscles in Spain, while the Japanese are poised to invade China, and eyeing off the resources of the East Indies and Indochina to fuel their war machine. Dangerous times, but there are still profits to be made by men like hard-bitten Skipper Bill Rowden and his vagabond crew, as they work their aging tramp steamer around the treacherous waters of the Far East.

Check out Richard's book

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Workshop 9: Plot, Polish & Plan for Rockingham with Helen Hagemann Friday 15th June @ 1pm. This is the last class in our series "Working the Short Story". You are welcome to bring along your stories that you are working on with a view to polishing, looking at plot and starting a new story for the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards 2018. Writing exercises, as well as a short reading of The Merry-go-round  in the Sea by Randolph Stow.

Friday, 29th June- Workshop 10: Self-publishing with Richard Regan and Helen Hagemann. This is the final class for Term 2 (start of school holidays Sat 30 June - Sun 15 July)
Friday, 27th July - Term 3 commences with Relief Tutor (TBA). This will be 5 fortnightly workshops for prose writers. Cost $25 OOTA  $30 NON-OOTA - Your support will be invaluable!
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards – Now open 

Entries into the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork "Two Children at Beach” by Delon Govender (2003), pictured below and on the entry form. Individual stories cannot be entered in more than one category, and must be original, unpublished, not have received an award in another competition, and not be under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in awards until the official announcement of winners.  Authors can submit up to three stories. Submissions close 13th July 2018.

Word length: Minimum: 1000, Maximum: 4000

Categories: Open: 1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $300, Two commendations of $100
Over 50s :1st prize: $1000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $500, Two commendations of $100
Young Writers (10 to 17): 1st prize: $700, 2nd prize: $400, 3rd prize: $200
Please read the conditions of entry prior to submission.  Full details can be found on the entry form.

To ensure anonymity, please do not put names or contact details on the manuscript as entries are judged "blind".  All entries must be accompanied by a completed and signed entry form. All manuscripts will be destroyed after the competition, so please do not send original copies.

Entries must be type-written, double-spaced on one side only of A4-size white paper, with pages numbered, a wide left-hand margin, and story title on each page.

Email to with the subject title: 2018 Short Fiction Awards, title of your story and your name. Emailed entries need to be attached in .rtf or .doc format, and must be accompanied by a completed, scanned copy of the entry form.
Post entries in an A4 envelope to:
City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards,
Community Development Officer, Arts and Culture
City of Rockingham
PO Box 2142
Rockingham DC WA 6967

Entry is free and winners will be notified by phone or mail prior to the official announcement. The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Any attempt to lobby judges or City of Rockingham employees, or influence decisions, may result in disqualification.

For further queries, please contact the Community Development Officer (Arts & Culture) on 9528 0333 or

Monday, 28 May 2018

Workshop 8: Characters at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 1st June @ 1pm.  As part of the ongoing series - Working the Short Story - this week's workshop is designed to help you aim for the biennial OOTA Spilt Ink Competition. The class will look at characters 1. that readers bond with. 2. avoiding the author surrogate. 3. allowing characters to experience a crisis of faith. Readings of Flannery O'Connor's stories + writing exercises. OOTA $25, NON-OOTA $30 - writers are asked to pay cash only.  Venue: Print room at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.
She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a sardonic Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and supposedly grotesque characters, often in violent situations. The unsentimental acceptance or rejection of the limitations or imperfection or difference of these characters (whether attributed to disability, race, criminality, religion or sanity) typically underpins the drama.
Her writing reflected her Roman Catholic faith and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics. Her posthumously compiled Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and has been the subject of enduring praise.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Short Tenure of Teaching
Relief Prose Teacher
The position of relief Prose Teacher is available to teach various genres or styles of prose to writers who attend a Friday fortnight class at the Fremantle Arts Centre. 
The position is open now and applications close on Friday, 5pm, 15th June, 2018.
Term 3 tenure is five alternate Friday classes commencing 27th July – 21st September. (See specific dates below).

The successful applicant should have previous experience teaching in an adult environment to writers at all different stages of development. It would also be beneficial if the relief teacher is living in the Fremantle area, either within proximity, close to Fremantle, or its surrounding suburbs.


View or download the .pdf Job Criteria from the dropdown box @ POSITION VACANT header.


Dates of Short Term Tenure
Friday, 27th July
Friday, 10th August
Friday, 24th August
Friday, 7th September
Friday, 21st September

The relief teacher's remuneration will be discussed at the interview stage. For any further inquiries write to Helen Hagemann @


Monday, 14 May 2018

Workshop 7: Point of View at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 18th May @ 1pm.  As part of the ongoing series - Working the Short Story - this week's workshop is designed to help you aim for the biennial OOTA Spilt Ink Competition. The class will look briefly at 1st person, 2nd person and mainly focusing on 3rd person limited, 3rd person POV,  omniscient, viewpoint character and rotating point of view. Readings of Anthony Lawrence's short story "Ash" + writing exercises. OOTA $25, NON-OOTA $30 - No free list and cash only. 

Third-person limited offers several advantages:
 Gives the writer more flexibility than first-person point of view – If the story above were told only from the cake shop owner/staff's 1st person point of view, the author could not offer his/ her perspective on the cuteness of their pet. The audience no longer would be looking upon the mutt as stealing a cupcake but would understand and know more about the dog's sugar habits from a male/female owner (3rd person POV).
 Provides a less biased perspective – Stories told in first-person also carry the weight of the main character’s subjective views and perspectives. Sometimes this can make the protagonist less acceptable or likable to a reader, who is more enlightened than that character. Third-person limited moves the reader to the usually more enlightened perspective of the author.
 Offers a clear sense of who the reader should identify with and invest in –Stories told only from the main character’s perspective sometimes show bias especially someone who doesn't like dogs. The author’s insertions show readers how they should view the character ie dog.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Workshop 6: Setting with Mags Webster, Friday 4th May at the Fremantle Arts Centre, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Print room)
As part of the ongoing series called "Working  the Short Story" Mags Webster will conduct a class on SETTING. The aim is to continue guiding you as to what makes a good story. These Prose classes look at major elements that will have you powering away into your writing. $25 OOTA $30 NON-OOTA

Mags Webster is a poet, freelance writer and editor, and currently a PhD student at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Her poetry and prose have been published in various publications and anthologies in Australia, Asia and America. Her first collection of poetry The Weather of Tongues (Sunline Press) won Australia's 2011 Anne Elder Award for a debut collection of poetry.

Born and raised in the UK, she moved to Australia in 2003. Also living in Hong Kong from 2011 to 2014, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Hong Kong's City University.

You can read her prose on her website here


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