The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW)

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From the ancient Greeks to the modern publishing world, the writing of lives has been of perennial fascination. Scientists, soldiers, scholars, politicians, writers and artists, ordinary men and women: life-writing is among the richest and most varied of genres. The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) at Wolfson College encourages those who write biography and memoir, and those who undertake research on existent life-narratives.

A Home for Life-Writing
OCLW's base at Wolfson College, Oxford, provides a natural home for life-writing. The college's President, Hermione Lee, is an eminent biographer, and several other members of the Governing Body work in life-writing and related disciplines. The college hosts an annual series of Life-Writing lectures and an annual Life-Stories Day, involving auto/biographical presentations from many of the college’s students and Fellows. There is also a lively Life-Stories Society.

Funding and Collaboration

OCLW was established in 2010 with generous funding from The Dorset Foundation. The Centre connects across every part of the university, across the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Through events and a dynamic virtual presence, it also aims to bring together scholars and students from further afield, nationally and internationally, within and outside academia.

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