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How to crack the reflective essay: Part 1

By | BA Hons creative writing, Creative Writing, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

The reflective essay is one part of the assignments that generates a lot of discussion! Getting in touch with the creative part of ourselves and expressing that through engaging prose is a challenge of itself. But for the creative writer who is undertaking serious study though there is no getting away from cracking the reflective essay.

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Edgezine – issue 1 aftermath

By | Creative Writing, fanzine, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

Collaborating with other OCA students has been a real highlight these past few months. All the hard work has paid off and our first issue of Edge-zine is printed and winging it’s way to various destinations in the UK and overseas.

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Kill your darlings

By | 'Off the shelf', Creative Writing, creative writing workshop, Liz Cashdan, Sheffield, Study Visits, Weston Park Museum

There are rich picking to be had for creative writers who spend time in museums. That’s what visitors to OCA tutor Liz Cashdan’s Memory and Memoire writing workshop discovered at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words last weekend. Roaming the…

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How travel influences my writing

By | Creative Writing

During my student days I hitch-hiked round Europe, getting as far as Istanbul and meeting interesting people, getting in and out of sticky situations, and becoming more and more hooked on other cultures, climates, scenery, wildlife. It’s only now I’m in my sixties that I’ve had the time and money to pursue my addiction – the gathering of exotic material for my writing.

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On winning second place in the 2016 Yeovil Literary Prize

By | BA Hons creative writing, Creative Writing, Student Work

The moment I gave my character a name (it flew unbidden into my head) he became a widower working at Arrivals and Departures in a busy airport. I made him a curmudgeonly old boy who couldn’t get used to his rebranded title of Facilities Engineer. He’d never had a decent conversation in all the 40 years he’d worked at the airport. As the story opens, he’s five days away from retirement, and about to clean the disabled toilets.

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British Art Show 8: Southampton

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, study visit, Study Visits, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

Join OCA tutor Emma Drye on the 22 October in Southampton for OCA’s final visit to the British Art Show. The exhibition is showing across two locations in the city, the John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery.

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How can experts enrich your writing? Part 2

By | Creative Writing, We Are OCA

In part one of this blog I described how, when researching a novel about cover-ups, I attended New Writing North’s Crime Story classes and got to play the role of a juror! In this blog I am going to look in more detail at how experts can inform a novel. The most obvious way they can be useful is as interviewees, and to make the most of them specific questions regarding details of the novel need to be prepared in advance.

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