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OOTA Newsletter May 13, 2014

WRITING AT THE CENTRE

Helen Hagemann’s Prose class is the last class before she heads off to Barcelona. On Friday 16 th May, the first hour is critiquing, 2 nd hour is reading and writing. Our Monthly Critiquing First hour of the class will be a critiquing session. Writers are reminded to bring a 2 page, double spaced “scene/chapter” of a novel, or 2 pages of a short story. Please: Times New Roman, size 12! PLEASE NOTE: Also bring enough printed copies to distribute to your fellow writers. Second Hour “Writing the Ultimate Challenge” – tackling the felicities of love/sex in your writing, either novel or short story. Writing exercises, and the class will read short excerpts from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Women by Charles Bukowski, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières, and Love by Angela Carter.

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PROSE BITES COME ALONG AND LISTEN TO CATHERINE WRIGHT.

SHE WILL BE READING A PIECE FROM HER MEMOIR, TH HAWAIIAN FLARES ON FRIDAY, 16 MAY MIDDAY AT THE FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE CAFÉ. "CATHERINE WRIGHT IS AN AWARD-WINNING POET AND WRITER OF PROSE ORIGINALLY FROM NSW WHO HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE PERTH HILLS FOR 6 YEARS. WITH NATURE AS HER MAIN MUSE SHE IS DRAWN MOSTLY TO WRITE POETRY, BUT CURRENTLY FINDS HERSELF WRANGLING SOMEWHAT AGAINST HER WILL WITH A MEMOIR THAT REFUSES TO BE IGNORED."

MEMBERS ACHIEVEMENTS CONGRATULATIONS TO FRAN GRAHAM HER POEM, I HEAR YOU, JACKSON POLLOCK, IS FORTHCOMING IN THE JULY 2014 ISSUE OF WESTERLY MAGAZINE. SWAMP PICS FROM NANDI CHINNA’S LAUNCH WE HAVE A SMALL SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT NANDI CHINNA’S LAUNCH OF HER NEW POETRY COLLECTION “SWAMP” ON OUR WEBSITE OOTAWRITERS.BLOGSPOT.COM.AU NANDI CHINNA WILL ALSO RUN 3 CLASSES AS OUR

“It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread and not the interval between.” ― William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

PROSE RELIEF TEACHER FROM THE END OF MAY AND THE WHOLE OF JUNE. PROSE WRITERS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SOME INSPIRING INSTRUCTION/IDEAS FROM DR. CHINNA WHO IS A POET, ESSAYIST, SHORT STORY WRITER AND SESSIONAL ACADEMIC AT ECU. LOOK OUT FOR WRITING AT THE CENTRE’S MAY/JUNE PROSE WORKSHOPS WITH

NANDI CHINNA - “A VAST EMPTINESS. A POSSIBLE BOOK” DETAILS AT WRITINGWA TRY OUT THEM WORDS!


Australia Council New Work Grants are designed to assist in the creation of new work by published Australian writers. Further details here. Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award Now in its 15th year, this prestigious prize for an unpublished poem (or suite of poems) of 100 lines or less comes with a total prize value of $4,000. 1st Prize: $1,000 + 1 week at Varuna + publication in Cordite Poetry Review; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Prize: $250. Entry fee: $20. Deadline 5pm, 10 July. Guidelines and entry forms, here. GIGS

Masterclass: "The Art of Illustration" The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators invites you to join them for this masterclass with inaugural Australian Children's Laureate Alison Lester. Alison will share stories and images from her over 30 years of making children's books, then get down to business with watercolours, stencils, charcoal and collage. Wed 11 June, 2:30-4:30, at the Kimberley Room, Ground Floor, State Library of WA. Cost $95 nonSCBWI members (coffee/tea provided). Details.

PERTH POETRY CLUB 17th May Guests: l Alexis L and Craig Rogers @ the Moon, 2pm, 323 William Street, Northbridge.

The Overland Story Wine Prize This competition aims to discover the finest in original short fiction up to 1000 words in length. The winning story will receive a $3000 first prize and will be published on the label of a Story Wines shiraz, as well as in Overland. Two runners-up will each receive $500. The 2014 competition will be judged by Overland‘s Clare Strahan and writers Paddy O′Reilly and Campbell Mattinson. Entries close midnight 29 June. For details, click here.

VOICEBOX - Read your poetry in the Open Mike

POEM OF THE WEEK Esperance by Caroline Caddy

CALENDAR MAY 16 - Regime #4 Magazine of New Writing: Details 18 – “Music as Muse” FAW workshop with Leonard Goulds fawwa.org 30 – PCWC Patron’s Prize cowan05@bigpond.com 30 – Second Bite Poetry Prize. Details here JUNE 01 – The Lyndall Hadow/Donald Stuart Short Story Comp 06 – The Big Issue – “Take Me Away” Details. 30 – Page Seventeen & competition. Details. 30 - The London Magazine Worldwide Poetry Competition 30 - Joe O’Sullivan & Joyce Parkes Writers Prizes details here. JULY 4 – 2014 Blake Poetry Prize. More info here 31 – The Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize. Info here AUGUST 1 – Best Australian Poems by Black Inc. 1 - New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing 31 - Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014 Details. SEPTEMBER 01 – Anthology of Loss: Details 30 – Gold Coast Writers Festival Adult Writing Competition

You can never have a thin ray of esperance it doesn’t wait and wish but leaps to meet you halfway a glimpse of beach after the endless walls of the bight a speck of gold that begins the mining of hazardous ports tenuous crops and here behind the wince of the bay so close they seem to drink the salt shallows towering rows of Norfolk Island pines determined bristling green out of dark interiors. Someone planted these who would never see limbs like spokes laddering the central masts or stand beside grey peeling trunks looking up into this other kind of mountain resilient to wind-light sun-light. Passing through this town that floats on sand walking the snowy beaches lapped by the cold clear bracelet that’s there then not there around our ankles this is what we give each other this is what we learn to arrive at the ends of the earth with everything falling away behind with everything falling away ahead and name it esperance.

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