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The Student Writer-in-Residence Program

This innovative program – unique in North America – was developed in 2013 by the University Students’ Council and the Department of English and Writing Studies. The mandate of the program is to provide support for an accomplished undergraduate writer while allowing other students to benefit from the writer’s creativity, expertise, and organizational skills. The SWIR fosters exchange among aspiring student writers and contributes to the culture of creativity across campus, within the London area, and across literary genres, media, and technologies.

Western's 2013-14 Student Writer-in-Residence is Scott C. Beckett.

The beginning of Scott C. Beckett’s writing history is full of stories with vivid beginnings. They expanded so large that they became unwieldy and were abandoned, usually in fear. Music and the visual arts became safer sources of expression, and it was not until high school that Scott returned to writing. Though poetry always seemed to come most easily, he has attempted to become more well rounded, taking screenwriting and prose-based courses over the last three years at Western. In second year he took a position at The Rusty Toque, the online literary journal, which greatly increased his interest in not only creative writing in general but also looking for what is literary.

Scott hopes that over his term the writing community at Western might become more connected, both with each other and with the wider London community. He believes writing is best improved by reading, hearing, and working through the writing of others. Through on campus workshops and readings, the Western writing community will be able to interact with each other and develop their own skills. Through organized groups going to events like Poetry London and the London Open Mic Poetry Night, students will experience work beyond the scope of the campus, and have the opportunity to hear the strong writers brought to London by these groups.

Scott will hold regular office hours on Mondays, 3:30 - 5:30, and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30, in UC 184, beginning Monday, September 9.  Please drop by or make an appointment directly with Scott.

A weekly writing hour and/or workshop opportunity will be coming in September.

Scott can be contacted by email at sbecket5@uwo.ca.
Follow him on Twitter at @WesternSWIR.

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