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,  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 @ hagemann.helen@gmail.com


 

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

Sunday, 1 April 2018


Workshop 5: Theme: the Purpose of a Tale with Helen Hagemann Friday 6th April @ 1pm. This is the last class in Term 1. You are welcome to bring along your stories that you are working on to discover "theme". Writing exercises, as well as readings of a comprehensive online writing critique that includes: your message, digressions, a milepost character, symbolism and figurative language.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING TIMETABLE
Friday, 20th April - No class due to school holidays
Friday, 4th May - Term 2 commences with Mags Webster. As part of the 10 Part Series called "Working  the Short Story" Mags will bring you Workshop 6: Setting.
Friday, 18th May - with Helen Hagemann - Workshop 7: Point of View.

Monday, 19 March 2018



In Workshop 4: Do we Call the Grammar Police? we will revise the use of the Comma, Semi-Colon and Correlative Conjunctions. Even though it's a brush up on our grammar for the Spilt Ink Competition we will also take a look at short story punctuation in particular Peter Cowan's short story titled "Canary." Much like Tim Winton, Cowan breaks the rules. Friday 23rd March @ 1pm - inquire about the Print room at FAC reception.

 

Sunday, 4 March 2018


Workshop 3: A Different Genre at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 9th March @ 1pm.  As part of the ongoing series - Working the Short Story - the following workshops are designed to help you aim for the biennial OOTA Spilt Ink Competition. This week's class looks at the portable prose of Helen Garner. "Memoirist, fiction writer, faction writer, creative non-fiction/non-fiction writer, journalist? Australian critics and booksellers have stopped trying to pigeonhole Helen Garner and now just give her prizes. This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life." Garner’s collections of fiction and nonfiction corroborate her reputation as "a great stylist and a great witness".

Writing Exercises and readings of Garner's prose. 

FOR OOTA WRITERS - Why not join out critiquing group? The more you critique your work, the more you learn!
 
Critiquing Group @ the Fremantle Arts Centre every Prose Friday morning 10.00am to midday.  This is held in the FAC Cafe (small room) and 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, creative non-fiction, 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.  
Please note: The critique session is complimentary to the Friday afternoon Prose Class. Therefore the cost for both sessions is $25.00.  Beginners who do not have a project on the go, are very welcome to join us, to sit in, learn about the advantages of critiquing and perhaps have a coffee (This is free of charge - mornings only).  For more information contact Helen @ hagemann.helen@gmail.com


FOR OOTA WRITERS - Why not join out critiquing group? The more you critique your work, the more you learn!

Critiquing Group @ the Fremantle Arts Centre every Prose Friday morning 10.00am to midday.  This is held in the FAC Cafe (small room) and 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.  

Please note: The critique session is complimentary to the Friday afternoon Prose Class. Therefore the cost for both sessions is $25.00.  Beginners who do not have a project on the go, are very welcome to join us, to sit in, learn about the advantages of critiquing and perhaps have a coffee (This is free of charge - mornings only).  For more information contact Helen @ hagemann.helen@gmail.com
Check out the fortnightly Prose class http://writingatcentre.blogspot.com.au/

Sunday, 18 February 2018

In Workshop 2 - Creating Unforgettable Protagonists, we continue with our 10 Part Series called "Working  the Short Story" (including Mags Webster on 4th May). We will look at how to create a memorable protagonist and also - How NOT to create a protagonist. Readings of some of Cate Kennedy's protagonists in her short stories, and inspirational affirmations that will get you going. Friday 23rd February @ 1pm - inquire about room at FAC reception. 
PLEASE NOTE:  Places are available in our Friday morning critiquing session. We meet at 10.00am having emailed our work earlier in the week. Cost is $25 including Prose Class @ 1pm. Email: Helen
Check out the Guidelines for the Friday morning critique group @
http://writingatcentre.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/critiquing-workshop-with-helen-hagemann.html

 

How to create a memorable protagonist

Often the secret to writing a good story is to create a memorable protagonist. After all, usually the most pertinent element of a story for readers are the characters. Readers will see something in the protagonist that matches who they are or who they wish to be. Indeed, years after forgetting the story’s plot and its message, readers will remember the characters and their best lines.


How NOT to create a protagonist

You can have the greatest plot in the world, discuss a deep, universal theme, and write crisp, taut sentences, but if the reader can’t connect to your protagonist, the story will fall flat. Simply put, you always must create a protagonist the reader will root for. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Every second year OOTA conducts a writing competition called Spilt Ink with poetry and prose submissions. To help you produce samples of your stories (hopefully a winning entry), Helen will conduct a 10 Part Series called "Working  the Short Story" (including Mags Webster on 4th May). The aim will be to guide you and refresh your knowledge of what makes a good story. Each Prose class will look at major elements that will have you powering away into your writing. This is a work-in-progress list, however each class will cover one of the following:- Friday 9th February @ 1pm is Workshop 1 - Getting started with writing prompts.
  1.  Getting started with writing prompts
  2.  Writing affirmations for inspiration
  3.  Choosing a different genre ie. prose poetry, science fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction
  4.  Grammar
  5.  Theme
  6.  Setting
  7.  Point of View
  8.  Characters
  9.  Plot
  10.  General Tidy-up: Critiquing, Editing and Final polishing
PLEASE NOTE:  Places are available in our Friday morning critiquing session. We meet at 10.00am having emailed our work earlier in the week. Cost is $25 including Prose Class @ 1pm.
Check out the Guidelines for the Friday morning critique group
https://writingatcentre.blogspot.com.au/2018/03/joining-our-prose-critique-group.html

Thursday, 4 January 2018


Dear Prose Writers
Firstly, Happy New Year! and I hope you have managed to do some writing over the holidays. In 2018 there will be some changes to the Prose class at the Fremantle Arts Centre. As you are aware usually the classes run all year each Friday fortnight, however this year there will be 3 terms - breaking at the start of each school holidays (April, July, Sep/Oct) This is due mainly to the FAC not providing a room and also as your tutor I will be travelling during these two periods, so far April & July school holidays.
I am only covering the first half of the year at the moment, so the following changes are up to Friday 29th June, 2018 (end of school term).  Critique group - please read below re our monthly get-together.

Prose Classes
Friday 9th & 23rd February with Helen Hagemann
Friday 9th & 23rd March with Helen Hagemann
Friday 6th April with Helen Hagemann - end of term

--------------------- o ------------------- School Holiday Break

Friday 4th May with Mags Webster TBC
Friday 18th May with Helen Hagemann

Friday 1st June with Helen Hagemann
     "     15th June with Helen Hagemann
     "     29th June with Helen Hagemann  - end of term

-------------------- o ------------------ -- School Holiday Break


Critique Group - to meet once a month.
Friday 9th February, 9th March, 6th April & 1st June with Helen Hagemann
Please Note: Critiquers are free to meet on Friday 4th May at the FAC and also during the school holidays at the Hubbles Cafe, which should be booked with the owner. 
Cheers, Helen Hagemann

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Final Prose Class for the Year with Helen Hagemann on Friday, 1st December @ 1pm. We will have two hours of  "READINGS OF YOUR WORK" with a coffee break in between. Please bring along your favourite piece to read for approximately 5 - 8 minutes. This is very good practice, as well as having others hear your work! Any member who has prose poetry, vignettes, flash fiction, script, memoir, children's story, a novel on the go, or some non-fiction are very welcome to join us. The cost for this "readings" session is $10 - to cover the cost of room rental. I hope you can join us!

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Workshop: Shifts in POV with Helen Hagemann @ the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 17th November, 1pm-3pm.  Readings of J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy". Writing exercises will look at shifts in POV from chapter to chapter and within a single chapter.  For those writing short stories this will also be a challenge.

Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, Upstairs 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 ootawriters.com

 


On The Casual Vacancy

For two years, the working title of the novel was Responsible, until Rowling picked up Charles Arnold-Baker's work on local government, Local Council Administration, whilst looking something up and came across the term "casual vacancy." The New Yorker questioned Rowling's original choice of title, and she remarked "This is a book about responsibility. In the minor sense—how responsible we are for our own personal happiness, and where we find ourselves in life—but in the macro sense also, of course: how responsible we are for the poor, the disadvantaged, other people’s misery."


One of the novel's major themes is politics. The Guardian referred to The Casual Vacancy as a "parable of national politics", with Rowling saying, "I'm interested in that drive, that rush to judgment, that is so prevalent in our society. We all know that pleasurable rush that comes from condemning, and in the short term it's quite a satisfying thing to do, isn't it?" Rowling was also critical of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition that had led since the general election in 2010 saying, "There has been a horribly familiar change of atmosphere [since the 2010 election], it feels to me a lot like it did in the early 90s, where there's been a bit of redistribution of benefits and suddenly lone-parent families are that little bit worse off. But it's not a 'little bit' when you're in that situation. Even a tenner a week can make such a vast, vast difference. So, yeah, it does feel familiar. Though I started writing this five years ago when we didn't have a coalition government, so it's become maybe more relevant as I've written." Rowling went on to say that Britain held a "phenomenally snobby society", and described the middle class as "pretentious" and "funny". 
Reference - Wikipedia

Sunday, 29 October 2017


Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Workshop: The Bechdel Test with Helen Hagemann @ the Fremantle Arts Centre, Friday, 3rd November, 1pm-3pm.  Readings of Virginia Woolf's short story "The Widow and the Parrot: a true story." The Bechdel Test now a benchmark in movies is also a testament to the influence Virginia Woolf still has on not just literature, but all modern art forms, and is living proof that her ideas live on even decades after her passing.

Venue: Fremantle Arts Centre, Upstairs 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 http://ootawriters.com


The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. About half of all films meet these requirements, according to user-edited databases and the media industry press. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in films and other fiction, and to call attention to gender inequality in fiction.

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