University Students’ Council and Western English Department collaborate to create the Student Writer in Residence Program

In the fortieth year of the Writer-in-Residence program, the University Students’ Council and the Department of English have collaborated to create a new, parallel position, unique in Canada: the Student Writer-in-Residence (SWIR). The SWIR is expected to provide mentorship for student writers, to take a leadership role at a variety of literary and cultural events on campus, and to develop and present his or her own writing to the greater Western community.

Western hosts the longest-running Writer-in-Residence program in Canada. The program has given Western students direct access to such celebrated Canadian writers as Austin Clarke, Emma Donoghue, Margaret Laurence, and Alice Munro. This program will recognize and provide support for a talented student writer as he or she pursues the fourth year of undergraduate studies; the Western community will benefit from the student’s creativity, expertise and organizational skills.

As one of USC President, Adam Fearnall’s platform points, “The Student Writer in Residence Program is designed to provide a student with the opportunity to grow their own talents and to support the creative community at Western. Being recognized as a Student Writer in Residence puts a student in an elite class of writers and recognizes that undergraduate students are capable of incredible work. The USC is proud to be able to help bring its network of student talent together with the skills, expertise and passion of the Western English Department.”

The position is open to all fourth year students in any discipline, full or part time. The SWIR will serve from February to April 2013. To apply to be the SWIR or to find out more detailed information on the position, click HERE.

Application packages are due by January 6, 2013 at midnight.

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