Former Student Writers-in-Residence
2017-18 | Sydney Brooman
Written word bridges gap in understanding
An Honors English Language & Literature and Creative Writing student, Sydney has published 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 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.
2016-17 | Victoria Wiebe
Psychology student looking to connect over creativity
Victoria Wiebe, a third–year Honours Psychology student with a Minor in Creative Writing, has authored three novels and numerous poems which have 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 2014-15 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.”
2015-16 | 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, was 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.