Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

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.


Keep up with what’s happening

Hermione Lee at the Ashmolean Museum
17 January 2017
The Ashmolean Museum Podcast Series

Professor Dame Hermione Lee highlights the painting Ennui by Walter Sickert in the Ashmolean’s new Podcast Series – Thinking With Things: the...

Pamela Award Ceremony
12 January 2017
Pamela Clemit receives Keats-Shelley Association of America Distinguished Scholar Award

Pamela Clemit received the Keats-Shelley Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017 at the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, on 6 January 2017...

Wolfson College Tri-Innovate Pitch Event
10 January 2017
Tri-Innovation call for Pitches

Have you dreamed up a cool widget, a smart App, a clever financial model, or a new way of getting schoolchildren interested in life-writing?...

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
24 - 24
Jan Jan
Writing World Lives: How to Write a World Life
Tuesday 24 January -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
24 - 24
Jan Jan
Science Table Dinner
Tuesday 24 January -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Put away your lab coat and safety specs and come to Wolfson for dinner to meet other Wolfson scientists. We have arranged that a table will be set aside in Hall at dinner today from 6:30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come.

Courses and Workshops
25 - 25
Jan Jan
Interacting beyond the Mediterranean
Wednesday 25 January -
9:30am to 6:00pm

Interactions concern the dynamics of movement of people, objects and ideas from place to place, on a daily basis and/or for extraordinary occasions, at local to global scales. The past few years have yielded a considerable amount of new archaeological data which have the potential to improve our understanding of interaction dynamics between these areas.