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.