Writing Lives: A Model for Student Engagement

  • Rachel Mines
  • Patricia Sackville
  • Gene Homel


What is the function of story-telling and story-writing in the post-secondary classroom? The Writing Lives course, which ran from September 2016 to April 2018 at Langara College in Vancouver BC, Canada, was a project that partnered Langara, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC), and the Toronto-based Azrieli Foundation to explore the value of stories in higher education. Writing Lives brought together students, educators, community members, and other participants to research and write the memoirs of Jewish Holocaust survivors.