From Paris to Belfast: A Canadian Life Writing Journey Home

In: Perspectives on Arts Education Research in Canada, Volume 1


Life writing is a qualitative, arts-based educational inquiry method and practice that explores lived stories through the artful craft of writing. Life writers are encouraged to tell their own stories and to listen to others’ through empathetic, relational inquiries. The craft of story-sharing can promote greater self-awareness and understanding by paying close attention to what matters in our daily lives. My chapter unfolds from the field of life writing by walking with inner and outer footsteps of my research travels and experiences. I engage in non-fiction creative writing and reflection on questions of the heart, particularly on the lived meanings and impacts of mothering, family and home-making in my life.