2021-22 Student Writer-in-Residence: Ashley Li
Ashley Li is in her fourth year of an Honours Specialization in Neuroscience with a Minor in Psychology. She is the Co-Founder of Spoken Word Society, and has seen her writing published in Living Hyphen, Fresh Ink and Symposium. Her work is primarily in prose poetry and short fiction, and she is drawn to narratives that capture a glimpse into everyday lives.
Beyond her creative writing pursuits, Ashley is heavily involved with peer mentorship and student leadership on campus, as well as her volunteer work with the Canadian Mental Health Association. She is passionate about exploring the powerful benefits that creative writing can have for healing and mental wellness.
Utilizing her background in science, Ashley hopes to champion an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to creative writing as this year’s Student Writer-in-Residence.
About Western's Student Writer-in-Residence
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.
The Call for Applications is posted in March and the selection process is usually completed by April of each academic year for the following year.