Student Writer-in-Residence (SWIR)

Call for Applications, Student Writer in Residence, 2018-19

Created by the USC and co-sponsored by the Department of English and Writing Studies, the Student Writer-in-Residence (SWIR) is a program that provides a unique opportunity for students to take a leading role in promoting creativity. The Student Writer in Residence is expected to provide mentorship for student writers, participate in a variety of literary and cultural events on campus, and develop and present his or her own writing to the greater Western community.

Western hosts one of the longest-running Writer-in-Residence program in Canada and has given Western students direct access to such celebrated Canadian writers as Austin Clarke, Emma Donoghue, Margaret Laurence, and Alice Munro.

The Student Writer-in-Residence Program builds on the University’s long-standing commitment to creativity in the arts, and 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 expertise, leadership, organizational skills, and public engagement.

The position is open to all fourth-year students in any discipline, full or part time, and provides a total stipend of $1000. The SWIR will serve from September  to April. Applications are to include:

– Submit a list of publications and relevant experience
– a writing portfolio of approximately 10 pages
– 300-word Statement of Intent describing how you would contribute to Western’s creative community

To apply for this SWIR position or to find out more detailed information on the position, read the Terms of Reference or contact the Vice-Chair (

The application deadline is September 3rd by 5pm. Decisions will be made by a SWIR committee and will be announced publicly by mid-September.