The University Students’ Council and Western’s English Department are proud to announce that Scott Beckett has been selected to be Western’s Student Writer in Residence for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. This program was first launched this past academic year as a partnership between Western’s English Department and the USC to give an opportunity to a student to become the touch point for literary arts on campus.
This is the first program of its kind in Canada . As part of USC President Adam Fearnall’s platform, this partnership program was created with the English department so that the USC could have a direct tie to the Western Writer in Residence Program. Ultimately, the USC is dedicated to building partnerships that create creative opportunities for all students on campus.
The program proved to be highly successful in its inaugural year with the previous SWIR, Alex Carrillo-Hayley hosting regular successful workshops as well as participating in many events across campus and developing a strong social media presence. Carrillo-Hayley was also able to help develop and foster a strong network of writers on campus and helped to develop Western’s creative community.
Scott Beckett is a history and creative writing student. He has worked with The Rusty Toque, the writing programs literary journal for the past two years as a reader and as Social Media Editor. He has also had his own work published in The Rusty Toque as well as Occasus.
Scott grew up writing long-winded stories that never saw completion, but has more recently developed the instincts necessary to grow further as a poet and writer. His work attempts the synthesize personal experience into convoluted yet compelling product. He has worked with several genres, but finds the greatest reward in poetry.
“The USC is incredibly proud of the partnership that we have built with the English Department. It’s exciting to be working together to strengthen the Arts on campus through a shared commitment to experiential learning. It’s thrilling to see the interest that writers across campus have shown in this program and we can’t wait to see how it evolves,” explained USC President, Adam Fearnall
For more information on the Student Writer in Residence Program follow @WesternSWIR on Twitter.