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