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Jane Rogers on Mako-mere

A couple of months ago we reported that Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers was off to Uganda to develop a pilot for a radio soap opera. Here Jane updates us on progress. The Radio Mifumi project has now produced 10 episodes of a ready-to-air soap opera, Mako-mere (Making Friends). We had to put the […]

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Fireside Reading

The clocks have gone back, the ghosts have flitted among us and returned to their thinly veiled otherworld, the Guys have gone up in a slightly anachronistic blaze of political glory and it’s time make a hot chocolate and curl up in the warm with a good book. Below is a list of some of […]

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News from the OCA: A new degree and a new role

Back in June we set out our plans for new courses for this academic year. Now following discussion with our Trustees and the Course Leader for Creative Writing Jane Rogers we have decided to seek validation for a named degree in Creative Writing. To do this we need to develop a third level one writing […]

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Radio Mifumi

OCA Creative Writing Course Leader Jane Rogers is off to Uganda next week. She will be working with the Director of the charity Mifumi, Atuki Turner to get some local Ugandan writers together to develop a pilot for a radio soap opera which could be broadcast in the Tororo area, and which would aim to […]

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The publishers' perspective

Continuing the OCA’s exploration of what it takes to get published, Livi Michael author of the OCA’s Writing for Children course talks to publisher Penny Morris on what gets read and what is being looked for. These videos should be watched in combination with earlier videos on the agent’s perspective

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Musical poetry: a creative arts collaboration….

Creative Writing tutor Joanna Ezekiel has been working with composer Pat Livingstone to set Joanna’s poems to music, using music technology that includes sound effects such as marimbas and a klezmer band! Joanna chose five poems from her poetry collections ‘A Braid of Words’, ‘Safe Passage’, and ‘Centuries of Skin’ that had been tried and […]

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'Art can be a way in…'

The Open College of the Arts works with the Prisoners’ Education Trust to enable students in prison to access our courses. It is an important part of our charitable purpose and student fees are met by a combination of OCA bursaries and grants from the Trust. As this work is largely invisible to other students […]

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Meet the OCA

The OCA will be at the Ilkley Literature Festival on Saturday 9 October. There are two workshops. In the morning Jane Rogers is leading a workshop on ‘Character and Voice in the Short Story’ which sold out as soon as it went on the Festival website, and in the afternoon Livi Michael leads a workshop […]

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What publishers are looking for

As promised for all those budding authors at OCA we have part two of the interview with literary agent Philippa Milnes-Smith. In this installment Philippa talks about how to make your work standout from the 50 plus manuscripts her agency receives every week and what to expect from an agent should your work be strong […]

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The literary agent

On the same day that we filmed the interview with Jacqueline Wilson, the intrepid duo of Livi Michael and myself braved the egg throwers of London (don’t ask!) once more to interview literary agent Philippa Milnes-Smith. Philippa has many years experience in the publishing industry including time as the Managing Director of Puffin books (the […]

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