Writing Groups

Friends of OCLW Life-Writing Discussion Group
Mondays in term time, 11am-12.30pm
Seminar Room 2, Wolfson College - and hybrid on zoom

Convened by Dr Charlie Lee-Potter, this group is for Friends and supporters of the Centre. The group is a space for discussing topics in life-writing, whether you are writing something yourself or are just interested in the subject. Short extracts of published material are circulated to be read in advance and discussed, and there are regular opportunities for participants to share their own writing or written responses to a theme - although this is not compulsory!

Who can join: the group is open to everyone, with priority given to regular donors (Friends Scheme members). If you are a member of our Friends Scheme and are subscribed at a rate of over £30 per month please email our Administrator to join the group. You can join the Friends Scheme here.

If you are not a member of the Friends Scheme you can pay separately to join the group: it's £120 a term or £360 a year, which works out at just £15 a session. Please click here to pay, add the relevant amount in the Donations box, and we will be in touch.

Online Writing Feedback Group
Tuesdays in term time, 3pm-4.30pm UK time
Online via Zoom

Run in partnership with Oxford Writing Mentors and convened by Dr Alice Little, this group is for writers who want to receive or offer feedback on their work-in-progress. Each week the group reads in advance up to 3,000 words of a participant's writing, and discusses the project in response to questions posed by the author.

The remit of the group is broad, including life-writing in all its forms, as well as academic writing, journalistic writing, creative non-fiction, and fiction. We welcome professional and unpaid writers, and aim to provide a supportive group in which all contributors can improve and thrive.

Who can join: the group is open to everyone, with numbers capped at 12. You can find out more and sign up here.

Individual Mentoring
Various times, in person and online

The Centre for Life-Writing offers mentoring to individuals via Oxford Writing Mentors. Whether you're working on a book project or simply looking for help with understanding topics in life-writing, mentoring can help you progress. You can arrange sessions at a time and location to suit you and your mentor (including online), and by prior arrangement mentors can read sections of your work in advance. Find out more about our mentors here.

Who can join: anyone can sign up for mentoring. You can find out more and book a session here.