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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 2015-16 Student Writer-in-Residence is Helen Ngo.

Helen Ngo

Helen Ngo is a mathematics student by day, creative writer by night, and a full-time coffee addict.

She has two great fascinations: how humanity can be expressed in terms of quantitative data, and how it can be captured by great storytelling. Though two seemingly opposing passions, she believes that both mathematics and writing are forms of art—with different outputs, but the same goal: capturing truth and beauty. Her creative written work often features themes from her latest struggle with abstract algebra, urban adventuring, and too many evenings spent driving around past midnight.

Helen 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 about working 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.

Writers from all disciplines are encouraged to bring creative and academic pieces for workshopping in a supportive, informal environment. Helen will be holding office hours on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 in the Arts & Humanities Building room 2G28M beginning September 15. Email Helen for an appointment.

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