Oxford, United Kingdom

Writing Lives: Texts, Techniques, and Creativity in Life-Writing

when 16 July 2023 - 5 August 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 3725

Unlock your creative potential on an exciting course which combines academic literary analysis with the opportunity to explore and develop your own writing voice. You will examine the literary genre of life-writing in its various forms, including biography, autobiography, and memoir, through close reading and analysis of key texts from diverse periods and authors such as Olaudah Equiano, Virginia Woolf, and Hermione Lee. You will explore and discuss life-writing modes, themes, and techniques, thinking about literary devices, experimentation, the roles of narrative and truth, and the subjectivity of personal and cultural memory. You will put these skills and discussions into practice with the opportunity to produce your own life-writing and receive personalised feedback in workshops and tutorials. This course will develop your literary analysis, hone your writing skills, and unlock your creative potential.

Target group

This course would suit students of the Humanities, including those with a background in English Literature, Theatre, Dramatic Arts, or History, and especially those who wish to develop their own skill and confidence as writers.

Course aim

After studying this course you will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of life-writing as a literary genre.
• Analyse literary works of life-writing and evaluate critically key modes, themes, and techniques of the genre.
• Produce your own life-writing with an analytical understanding of your aims as a writer and how to achieve them.

Credits info

7.5 EC
LMH Summer Programmes are designed to be eligible for credit, and we recommend the award of 7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 CATS for this course.

Fee info

GBP 3725: This includes:
• All tuition, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
• Assessment, transcript of academic performance, and certificate.
• A co-curricular programme of skills workshops and guest speakers.
• Access to the Lady Margaret Hall College Library.
• Bed & Breakfast accommodation throughout your programme.
• Lunch and dinner in the College Dining Hall Monday to Friday.
• A full Social & Cultural Programme, including two excursions to other English cities per three-week programme session.
• A high-quality printed class photograph.
• Formal Graduation banquet.

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