I started the process just by admiring the painting, which I have on my wall. I tried to imagine myself inside the scene. The poem is essentially just a collection of all of the things I would want to say and do, if I had been there.
Boys Don’t Cry: An Interview with Eleanor Caudill
Eleanor Caudill is a contributing artist for the Oakland Arts Review‘s Volume 8, which features her painting Boys Don't Cry. Caudill is a freshman student at the University of Louisville majoring in Studio Arts.
Get to Know Our Volume 8 Contributors: An Interview with Truck Schachtman
Truck Schachtman is a contributing writer for the Oakland Arts Review's Volume 8, which features their essay "Quoniam with Jockey Up." They are a freshman painting and printmaking major at Virginia Commonwealth University.
From Inside the Arrogant, Intimate, Free (double-meaning), Beautiful Land of Fanfics
by Phan Huynh If asked to recommend a piece of writing, my first instinct would be to recommend love you in the dark by author “heaveninbusan.” This 60,000-words fiction about internalized homophobia and second chances, with rarely seen adult characters struggling with coming to terms with their sexual orientation, beautifully written in provocative contemporary language, … Continue reading From Inside the Arrogant, Intimate, Free (double-meaning), Beautiful Land of Fanfics
Outlining for NaNoWriMo
I do my best writing organically, sitting down with a vague idea and getting to work – so the idea of intense outlining and planning is a daunting one. Faint memories of three-act structures and archaic plot graphs come to mind, but I was on the hunt for something more compelling. Fortunately for me and other writers in need, the NaNoWriMo website offers a wealth of strategies to lean back on.
On Overcoming Self-Doubt
I’m finally discovering how to quiet the voice that tells me I can’t. Or that I shouldn’t. Or that trying will inevitably result in failure. Reducing the voice from a roar to a murmur has allowed me to pursue things I never dreamt possible.
Tips from an Intern
The important thing to remember when publishing is to expect rejection but keep fighting for it. Ideally, you get into writing for a reason, a passion, a desire — don’t lose sight of that.
Mental Health Inclusion in Literature
As someone who deals with anxiety, depression, and OCD, I have used writing as an outlet for many years. I personally love to read about others who can share my feelings and shortcomings. It creates solidarity through the knowledge that there’s someone out there who gets you, who knows in some way what you’re going through or dealing with.
Routines and Writer’s Block
by Steph Wong Almost every writing teacher will say that good writers stick to strict routines and schedules, and that’s how to avoid writer’s block. In fact, in this capitalistic society, everything is very schedule-based. Sure, having a set time to write or a set word count to achieve can make you “disciplined”, but it … Continue reading Routines and Writer’s Block
Using University Writing Centers as a Creative Writer
Many writers go to university writing centers for help with academic writing, such as essays and assignments for classes, but what about creative writing? Writing centers, like the Oakland University Writing Center (OUWC), provide an invaluable resource to writers looking to improve their ability and their papers; however, many writers may not consider that the … Continue reading Using University Writing Centers as a Creative Writer