Welcome to the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW). We are a research centre based at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, designed to support those who write auto/biography and those who undertake research on different forms of life narratives.
OCLW was formally established in October 2010, with funding from the Dorset Foundation. Since its creation, we’ve built up a busy schedule of events (including talks and lectures, ‘in conversations’, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia, and concerts. We hope that you can join us for one of our many events.
We record many of our events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog.
Blog posts about OCLW events written by students and members can be accessed via the OCLW blog.
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing’s Research Fellow, Dr Kate Kennedy, is responsible for most aspects of its administration.
OCLW is committed to fostering research into life-writing through the establishment of postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Postgraduate Scholarships, Visiting Scholarships and Visiting Doctoral Studentships attached to OCLW.
Life-writing involves, and goes beyond, biography. It encompasses everything from the complete life to the day-in-the-life, from the fictional to the factional.
9 August 2018The Jessup Room inaccessible to readers from 13th August - 17th August.
The Jessup Room in the Library (main reading room on the first floor) will be inaccessible to readers from Monday 13th August until Friday...6 August 2018New Online Booking System
Wolfson College is offering a new online booking system exclusively for our members, as requested at the General Meeting. The new...9 July 2018Out now: Romulus 2017-18
The editorial team of Romulus brings to you their newest issue – hot off the press, to be collected at the Old Lodge, UCR, or Lodge.
Family Friendly24 - 24Aug AugHMS Pinafore on Punts by Gilbert & SullivanFriday 24 August - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Opera Anywhere are delighted to welcome you to our performances at Wolfson College. Arrive early on the day of your ticket and enjoy Wolfson’s 13 acres of stunning gardens, on the banks of the River Cherwell. Bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere on the harbour lawn. Some free onsite parking with further off-street parking nearby.Networking14 - 14Sep SepRF/JRF Lunch TableFriday 14 September - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Come meet other Wolfson RF/JRFs at lunch. Beer and wine will be served. Partners and children are welcome.Courses and Workshops22 - 22Sep SepCharacter Education and Life-WritingSaturday 22 September - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Support your students to be even more amazing. Discover a new approach to encouraging self-belief and self-development in our young people. Through inspirational role models and creative story writing, students can feel empowered to achieve their aspirations and take positive action. Great for character development, literacy, communication skills development and cross-curricular learning.