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It’s a ‘No’: Part 2

By | Creative Writing

In the last blog post on the detested rejection letter/e-mail, I mentioned that the word ‘No’ comes wrapped in all sorts of sweet and sour coatings. Agents and publishers are practised at the art of rejection. Writers, though, have no training in how to receive the bad news. We promise ourselves we won’t be hurt if someone doesn’t love our work, but deep down, we know it’s a lie.

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Fangs and soup cans

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

As far as the world was concerned Andy Warhol died in 1987 and had an open coffin ceremony, but on Easter weekend last there were reports of several sightings of Warhol in Manhattan, lurking in the shadows near where the original Factory would have been. Completely implausible and absurd sure, but what if…

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It’s a ‘No’: Part One

By | Creative Writing

For an aspiring writer with a few rejections under their belt, the name J.K. Rowling is either an inspiration or a curse. The fact that the impossibly successful Harry Potter books were initially turned down by almost every UK publisher is something that can keep the weary author’s chin up. On the other hand, it’s what well-meaning friends always trot out when they’re trying to raise the spirits after another ‘no’ from an agent or publisher. Before my own children’s novel found a publishing home, I remember thinking that if anyone else mentioned Rowling’s name to me, I might just scream.

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Getting the most out of your learning log

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

One of the key components in developing your learning log or blog is visual analysis – looking at, selecting and recording the artists/photographers who you find interesting, challenging or useful in progressing your work. The more you document and reflect upon those creative practitioners who have had a ‘marmite effect’ on you, the more you will improve both your critical thinking and creative skills.

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From synopsis to story

By | Creative Writing

So- I’m about to write the story, lifting a few lines from the synopsis as a brief of what I want to get written that day. But often at this point I get stuck. How can I go from my detailed plan of a story, to actually writing the story itself?

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Foundations Creative Writing

By | Creative Writing, Education

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our foundations suite of courses – Foundations Creative Writing. The course is designed to inspire and encourage new students to practise independent writing.

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Join me at the Hay Festival

By | Creative Writing

I am planning to be at the festival grounds for one day; Saturday 28 May, and I would be happy to join with OCA students to attend events and discuss them afterwards.

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Beware of emotions

By | Creative Writing

So many students, particularly those writing poetry, have told me that they are interested in expressing their emotions. I have to say, whether you are writing prose or poetry, emotion is not a good place to start.

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