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Tips for writing good dialogue

By | BA Hons creative writing, Creative Writing, We Are OCA

For both prose writers and scriptwriters, the question of how to write good dialogue is an important one. Can we listen in on conversations by strangers, and get an ear for the natural ebb and flow of speech? Is it better to study films which are heavy in conversation? Or are novels a good place to see the everyday use of dialogue?

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A Giant of Beauty: Einojuhani Rautavaara

By | Music, We Are OCA

The news of the passing of one of Finland’s greatest composers was slow to filter out into the world, and even slower for people to get a grasp of the fact that this man, who has been called “A Giant of Beauty”, had actually died. He was 87 years of age and had become one of the leading lights in Scandinavian and Baltic contemporary music over the years. He was a luminary in what is slowly becoming known as the Baltic Spiritualist, or Baltic Minimalist, group.

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Study is a marathon, not a sprint

By | creative art, Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

As you may have noticed, the 2016 Rio Olympics have got underway. Among those athletes going for gold, I would recommend keeping your eyes on the long distance runners – imitating some of their strategies will maximise your chances of successfully completing your studies.

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Death Row

By | Creative Writing, Student Work

Having received her results in July, OCA student Catherine Foster has completed her final creative writing module and achieved her degree. Below she shares a piece of writing with us.

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