It's been awhile since we've posted any creative writing themed posts so we've compiled a list of our most popular writing posts to help our readers and fellow writers avoid writer's block and stay inspired. First, get started with Music in Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing In this blog post, … Continue reading 5 Creative Writing Blog Posts That You Might’ve Missed!
We are excited to announce and share a peak of our latest volume of the Oakland Arts Review! This summer, the OAR staff gathered to stuff envelopes with copies of the Oakland Arts Review Vol. 2 to send to the artists and writers who contributed to our latest issue. As we begin preparing for our 3rd issue, we are brainstorming ideas to make the Oakland Arts Review accessible to everyone who visits our website. We are working on putting a digital version of each issue online for our readers to access in an aesthetically pleasing way, rather than a simple PDF. However, while that project is in progress, we would like to share the cover and table of contents of Vol. 2 right away!
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
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
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!
As a writer, one of the most difficult things to deal with is writer's block. There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to write something, finding the time, and having nothing come to mind. I typically experience writer's block when trying to start a new project. No matter how many ideas I may have, there … Continue reading Creative Writing Prompts
It’s the moment of truth. Your cursor is hovering above the send button. Your heart is pounding and all the superficial fears you’ve been trying to fight are bubbling up to the surface, ready to make you change your decision. You’re about to submit your work.