Category: Creative Writing

I’ve got stuck

Oh, it happens, and it’s horrible, whether it’s a book, a play or a short story. It’s like being in a maze when you can’t find the way out, and you keep passing the same point over and over again.

The question of development

The OCA course material and the assessment criteria ask and are looking for developed student work. But what does this mean? Frequently in student feedback I am drawing students attention to the concept of development. As a textiles tutor I…

Sandals with socks?

Writing practise is the only way to become assured about your voice, I think. The more you write – and, as important – the more you think about writing – the clearer your voice will shine through, from your thoughts, from your heart, from your soul.

OCA’s Diana Ali

Here at OCA HQ we love to hear what our students are up to but we also want to know what our tutors are doing. Congratulations to OCA tutor Diana Ali who will be starring as a mentor on BBC’s new painting show later this month! We hope everyone will check it out!

Delving into your digital toolkit

Are you using every tool in your digital toolkit? Are you ready to think about expanding your creative efforts by experimenting with different digital platforms? There is an exciting realm of digital content out there to help you think about and address important artistic questions. Navigating these tools can be daunting and confusing, so here is my quick beginner’s guide.

Making the most of your narrative, part 2.

In the first part of this blog I looked at the smoothness of the narrative and how peaks and lulls in the emotional intensity of the story seem to engage the reader. But there are clearly many aspects of the narrative that can allow the author to make the most of it. Here I want to turn attention onto a couple of these aspects. Namely the plot and the characters.

We are connected

We’re always excited to hear about student collaborative projects here at OCA HQ. From sketch circles, group exhibitions and fanzines, to an artist’s book that was three years in the making. The latest success is an interactive website designed by the final year MA students.