Life-Writing Research Network

Our Life-Writing Research Network is a global academic community of people engaged in life-writing research.

Research Seminar

At the core of the network is a termly research seminar, convened online by Dr Kate Kennedy and Dr Alice Little. The seminar provides researchers from around the world with a space to share their work, ask questions of the community, and learn more about life-writing research taking place worldwide.

Each term two researchers will be invited to deliver a short online research paper and respond to questions from other network members. If you would be interested in presenting your work, please email with your proposed title and a short abstract.

Other activities

In addition to our online research seminar, members of the network will receive regular invitations to join us at in-person events in Oxford, including lectures, talks, conferences, and private drinks receptions and networking events.

Who can join?

The network is open to all, including academics, students, authors, and independent researchers. There is no restriction on discipline or career stage.

Many network members are former OCLW Visiting Scholars or early-career researchers and writers who intend to apply to the scheme at a later stage, so the network offers opportunities for lifelong networking, relationship building, support, and exchange of ideas.

While membership of the network is open to all, the group is aimed at those conducting life-writing research. If you are interested in discussing life-writing topics more generally, sharing book recommendations, and seeking feedback on your own life-writing, you can also join our Friends of OCLW Life-Writing Discussion Group, and our Online Writing Feedback Group run in partnership with Oxford Writing Mentors.

How to join

Membership is £57 a year, which you can set up as a one-off or annual payment by clicking here. (This link takes you to our Donations portal. Please enter a custom amount of £57. You have the option to apply Gift Aid in addition if you are a UK taxpayer.) You membership will last for 12 months from the date of payment.

In addition to paying the fee, please fill in the registration form here.