Why literature students should practise life writing

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This article considers our experiences teaching a hybrid literature/creative writing subject called “Life Writing.” We consider the value of literature students engaging in creative writing practice—in this instance, the nonfiction subgenre of life writing—as part of their critical literary studies. We argue that in practicing life writing, our literature students are exposed to and gain wider perspective on the practical, critical, creative, and ethical issues that arise from working with literary texts. Such an approach is not with risk. As we discuss in this article, life writing texts can often narrate difficult or traumatic material. However, we want to show how life writing, with its particular focus on actual lives and lived experience, creates a particularly conducive ethical, intellectual, and creative space for learning about and practicing writing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-221
Number of pages18
JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
Issue number2
Early online date8 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Ethics
  • life writing
  • methodology
  • teaching and learning
  • theory and practice


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