Workshop Series

Spring 2021

The workshops and special issue are a pilot stage for the development of an Open Educational Resource (OER) that explores the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of teaching life writing in educational, community, and creative settings.

Hosted in May 2021, the workshops — individually and collectively—formulate sites of extended theoretical and methodological inquiry, focusing on four topics:

Forum 1: Students Mediating Lives
Forum 2: Pedagogy Across Platforms
Forum 3: Memory, Mapping, Experience
Forum 4: Social Justice

Each 3-hour workshop explores a set of provocations that emerge from participants’ conference presentations, working together to develop short forum contributions for a special peer-reviewed issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies on Teaching Life Writing. The special issue will include work produced in the four workshops, thus addressing both theoretical and methodological concerns that emerge from the Teaching Life Writing Conference as well as directly contribute to an ongoing conversation in the field.