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.
Sydney Brooman is an Honors English Language & Literature and Creative Writing student. Her recent publications include poetry in the Fall and Spring editions of Symposium, the Fall edition of Semicolon, the Glitch edition of The Iconoclast Collective, and a piece in the 2016 edition of Occasus for which she was awarded first place submission. Sydney is the incoming Co-President of Western’s Undergraduate English Society, as well as an Editorial Assistant for The Canadian Poetry Project. She is thrilled to be serving as Western’s Student Writer-in-Residence for the 2017-18 academic year, as she looks forward to promoting an open dialogue between current writers—on campus and in the London area— and those who wish to develop their creative writing repertoire or skills.
Sydney’s office hours will be posted in September 2017.