This whole thing makes me wish I was a teen so that I could do it. If you know any teens who want a shot at learning from some of the best, now’s the chance to take advantage of the open registration!
The Unique Science Fiction/Fantasy Teen Writing Camp
July 17 – 30, 2016
Registration for this one of a kind workshop is now open! Entering its ninth year, Shared Worlds shows no signs of slowing down as it dedicates another year to supporting teenage writers in the pursuit of crafting innovative speculative fiction, collaborating on extensive worldbuilding through teamwork, and engaging with various academic subjects, their talented professors, and their fellow students.
A two week course at Wofford College in South Carolina, Shared Worlds invites teenagers from the ages of 13 to 17 to participate. Under the tutelage of teachers such as Jeff Vandermeer and Nnedi Okorafor, these students will spend the first week of the program working in groups to create their own shared world, designed by their team efforts and imagination. Then, with their world formed, they’ll spend the second week pursuing fiction in that new and strange world, encouraged by their group and their teachers.
In addition to guidance from these professional writers, bookstore visits, fun & creative writing exercises and presentations, each student will receive a copy of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction. The world’s first fully illustrated writing book, Wonderbook features advice from such luminaries as Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. Le Guin, and serves as Shared Worlds’ official creative writing text. Get an exclusive inside look, with never-before-seen instructional art.
NYT bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer takes you behind the scenes of writing his critically acclaimed eco-thriller Annihilation, with further insight into the movie version from Paramount Pictures and his work writing both original fiction and fiction set in the Predator and Halo universes. Learn more about how books become movies and the role of world-building in storytelling from VanderMeer and from resident gaming expert Will Hindmarch, who will also run a gaming session during the camp.
Students will get the chance in the first week to work with international publishing sensation, Nnedi Okorafor, as they begin to shape their shared worlds. Then, in the second week, writers Tobias Buckell, Julia Liz Elliot, Nathan Ballingrud, Terra Elan McVoy, and Leah Thomas will be on hand to work with students as they begin to shape fiction set in those new worlds. Ann Vandermeer will act as editor-in-residence, ready to share her secrets with the students.
As a bonus this year, NYT bestsellers Daniel Abraham (The Expanse) and Lev Grossman (The Magicians) will join Shared Worlds via Skype to talk about their writing and the SyFy television shows based on their novels—with plenty of time for questions from students in the audience!
Shared Worlds always offers fun extras—like the camp’s alien baby mascot, which has traveled around the world; camp founder Jeremy L.C. Jones’ fun group creative activities; craft activities; bookstore visits; a free book giveaway at the end of the camp (courtesy of major publishers); a poster by Wonderbook artist Jeremy Zerfoss for fellow students to sign; and a printed book of writings by all of the students who attend camp.
Shared Worlds fosters creativity, teamwork, and discipline, while at the same time encouraging young writers in the speculative fiction field. It is a great opportunity to learn in a supportive environment, and push yourself beyond what you believe yourself capable of. Shared Worlds is a program that has eight incredible years of students, teachers, and stories behind it, and hopefully, you too can be a part of their ninth amazing year to come, this summer.
Register now and become a part of their world!