How you tell a story can be easily overlooked, but it is easily the most important thing to consider as a writer. A few weeks ago, I recorded an audio post with two fellow editors at OAR, talking about the effects of role-playing games and tabletops. These past few weeks since, I’ve spent hour after … Continue reading Medium Matters
Fairy tales are often one of the first pieces of writing we hear as children. For many people, they can influence our lives in fantastical ways- hopefully without the talking mice and dancing silverware. But, for many, the simplicity of the fairy tale is also taken for granted. Re-tellings of fairy tales are relatively difficult … Continue reading Fairy Tale Retellings
When some people think of getting their writing critiqued, the image of a group of like-minded people sitting in a circle and reading their work of fiction aloud tends to come to mind. In this day and age, where everything we do is based around social media and the internet, the idea of in person … Continue reading The Beauty of the Online Critique
Poems have existed much longer in formal structures than they have in the free-form structures that many modern poets favor. If your well of inspiration has run dry, or you've been struggling to revise a poem and it just isn't working with a free-form structure, your choices are anything but limited. There many forms to … Continue reading Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try
It seems like a question with an easy enough answer, right? A writer is someone who writes. But for anyone who has actually ever seriously tried to make writing a large scale endeavor, they know that this question is triggered by even more intricate questions: When do I legitimize my writing? Is it when someone … Continue reading Am I a Writer?
I think all writers want to achieve the nirvana of seeing their work in print. Most aspiring writers don’t have a problem sharing their work, even if it means getting harsh feedback. There is, however, a large number of student writers who are afraid to submit. Submitting might not be the only thing that sets … Continue reading Three Reasons Why You Should Submit Your Work
Previously, I sang my praises of one of the most rigorous, challenging, and craft-molding experiences that I’ve ever participated in: Nanowrimo. It’s the annual event held each year internationally where writers of all ages, expertise, and genres come together with the goal of writing 50,000 words in only 30 days. Along with encouraging writers to … Continue reading Camp Nanowrimo: The Number One Getaway For The Adventurous Writer
People have been discussing homosexuality in comics since the day superhero comics were introduced in 1938. Everyone, from parents to members of congress, was terrified of homosexuality in comics influencing their children into being gay. A psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham even published a book in 1954, titled “Seduction of the Innocent”, that blames comics for … Continue reading Out Without Fear: A Very Brief History of LGBTQ+ Superheroes
Most people are familiar with the saying, “patience is a virtue.” In an effort to be better than our egos, we try to extend our patience and wait for the benefits to fall into our laps. Unfortunately, we’re often discouraged by anything that doesn’t pay off immediately. After multiple rejection letters from contests and literary … Continue reading Patience is Key: Why Writing Sometimes Means Waiting
The Winter 2016 issue of The Oakland Arts Review is here! We would like to thank everyone involved, including all of the creative undergraduate students from across the globe who submitted their work, and the very hardworking undergraduates who were part of bringing the journal together. The OAR would not have been possible without … Continue reading The Oakland Arts Review is here!