Shared Worlds Turns 7! Announces 2014 Lineup

Congratulations to the fine folks behind the Shared Worlds writing program, which this year turns 7!

This year, they’ve got another spectacular lineup of special guests. read on to see!

This year, Shared Worlds turns seven! Located on the beautiful Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, SC, Shared Worlds is a yearly summer camp for teens interested in writing science fiction and fantasy. From 18 students the first year, the program has grown to an average of 60 students per year, with participants from as far away as Japan, Finland, and France. The program receives a substantial grant from Amazon.com and major US publishers contribute books to the students.

Shared Worlds has sponsored many innovative online features over the years, which have received media attention from the LA Times, the Guardian, PopCandy, the Washington Post blog, and others.

Shared Worlds Hand-to-Hand, with Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Garth Nix, and many others providing writing advice.

SW Critter Map, with Neil Gaiman, N.K. Jemisin, Gene Wolfe, and a host of others contributing to an online bestiary illustrated by Jeremy Zerfoss:

Guests this year include NYT Bestseller Carrie Vaughn, National Book Award Winner William Alexander, and critically acclaimed authors Kelly Barnhill, Mur Lafferty, Nathan Ballingrud, and Steven Barnes. Co-director Jeff VanderMeer, whose Southern Reach series has been optioned by Paramount, will also teach at Shared Worlds, using his innovative illustration-based Wonderbook. Assistant director and writer Will Hindmarch is a gaming expert who provides additional expertise for the students. Artist and author James Artemis Owen, author of the bestselling The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, will lead a Skype session showing students his studio and work-in progress.

The first week the students work in groups to create their own SF or fantasy world, and in the second week they write a story set in their world. Along the way, they get exciting presentations on biology, politics, and other subjects as well as visited from guest writers, which have included Holly Black, Nnedi Okorafor, Naomi Novik, Karen Lord, and many more. In addition, they get a critique and one-on-one session with a professional writer, create videos based on their worlds, go on field trips to bookstores, participate in a lively set of on-campus activities, and sit in on Skype sessions with luminaries such as Greg Broadmore of WETA and Rose Fox from Publishers Weekly. After the camp, the students receive a bound book of their writings as a keepsake.

See Shared Worlds for more information.