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
Expectations are often so different than our realities. For example, I was convinced that between two jobs this summer I’d have time to road trip with my friends, maybe Canada, maybe New Orleans, maybe with no set destination. Of course, reality did as it tends to do, and set in fairly soon after my summer … Continue reading On the Road Again: Books for the Wanderlust
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
A few months ago, when I was suffering through winter finals, I had this little image of how my summer would go. I pictured me, my laptop, birds chirping, and much needed writing time for those larger projects that had somehow fallen through the cracks. With jobs, an internship, summer classes, and social life, the … Continue reading The Beauty of the Writing Prompt
As many of us know, June is National Pride Month, where individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community hold festivals, parades, and other events to celebrate their identities. With recent changes in legislation that allow marriage equality, there is now more for the community to celebrate. However, like-wise, there are also laws being enforced and tragedies occurring … Continue reading More Than Pride: LGBT Literature and Representation
I fell in love with flash fiction a year ago, and often use it when I’m stuck on a longer piece but don’t want to stop writing altogether. If I’m working on a larger piece of writing and get stuck, I like to write a flash fiction piece. When I do, I take a current … Continue reading One thousand or less: how to write flash fiction
March was Women's History Month, a month in which people celebrate women and all of the incredible things women have done throughout history. At first I was skeptical about what this would actually mean. It seems like celebrating minority groups for a month at a time leaves a lot to be desired. What happens for the rest … Continue reading 20 Great Books Written by Women
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!
Every writer experiences this moment: you fire up your laptop, pull up a blank word document, finger tips hovering expectantly over the keys, and out comes… nothing. Where your thoughts should be dancing across the screen in a composed ballet of letters, instead they remain desolate and barren. It’s as if your muse has suddenly decided … Continue reading How to Begin Again: Working Through Writer’s Block