Former Student Writers-in-Residence
2016 | Victoria Wiebe
Psychology student looking to connect over creativity
Victoria Wiebe, a third– year honours psychology student with a minor in creative writing, has been chosen as the student writer-in-residence for 2016-17. The author of numerous poems and three novels, Victoria's work has been published in Occasus, Teen Ink, and Creative Communications. An active student at Western, she served as President of the Creative Writing Club and Editor-in-Chief of Nom de Plume literary journal for the 2014-2015 year. Victoria wants to make the Western community more aware of the creative resources available and aims to organize workshops that are tailored to students from all faculties, fostering creative ideas and develop skills in student writing. She “feels it is important to showcase the creative work of Western students in order to appreciate the creativity that is constantly being nurtured on–campus.”
2015 | Helen Ngo
Mathematics student hopes to unite students from a wide variety of academic disciplines
Helen Ngo, a fourth-year Mathematics student pursuing a certificate in Writing, has been chosen as the student writer-in-residence for 2015-16. Blending math and the written word means expressing humanity through both quantitative data and storytelling, she explained. Math and writing are both forms of art – both search for truth and beauty, taking different roads to the same destination. Ngo’s work is inspired by the everyday, she said, and comes out of conversations, people, snippets she overhears in coffee shops. It features themes from her latest struggle with abstract algebra, urban adventuring, and too many evenings spent driving around past midnight. Ngo received the Judge’s Choice category award for the Alfred Poynt Poetry Competition, and her prose and poetry has been published in Premier, Nom de Plume, Symposium and The Semi-Colon. She is excited to work with the talented arts community at Western, and hopes to unite students from a wide variety of academic disciplines to express themselves and showcase their talent through creative writing opportunities around campus and the greater London community.