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Beware of emotions

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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Fact and fiction

If you’re writing prose non-fiction, whether it’s memoir, biography or autobiography, you presumably aim for what you think are the facts. If you’re writing prose fiction, you might bring elements of the truth into your story-telling but you and your readers would expect that most of it would be invented. However, if you are a poet, there is very often an assumption by both writers and readers that what you write must be the truth…

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Stealing Voices

One of the great things about being a writer is that you can be a thief or a jackdaw, picking up bits of information, sound-bites, ideas from pretty well anywhere. Of course you mustn’t plagiarise, but..

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What do writing, drawing, walking, singing and weaving all have in common? The answer is that they all follow a line. It’s good to know that the creativity of writers is linked to that of artists who draw or weave. And of course, it would be true for embroiderers, composers and dancers and I may have left out other art forms and activities that depend on lines – tight-rope artists?

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Belonging or Belongings

Belonging and belongings are two useful words for writers in finding their identity and working out what’s important in their life as writers.

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OCA Creative Writing award winner Karen Gunning

This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date   OCA tutor Liz Cashdan reports on Karen’s winning story. Karen was Liz’s student. It’s great that Karen Gunning has won the OCA annual competition prize for Creative Writing for her story “The Big 4-0”. Her story […]

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