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Announcing the 2016 Shared Worlds Guest Writers and Editors!

Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author born in the Caribbean. He grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over 50 stories have been translated into 18 different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of dogs.
Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for, Cheeky Frawg Books, and She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with multiple nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, three Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies are The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, and The Bestiary.

Jeff VanderMeer’s New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) made Entertainment Weekly’s top ten best fiction books of 2014, among many other best-of lists. The novels have been optioned by Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures, with Alex Garland attached to write and direct. The trilogy has also been translated into 20 languages. VanderMeer writes nonfiction for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic’s website, and The Guardian, among others. He is also the author of Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction and serves as co-director of the Shared Worlds teen writing camp, now in its eighth year.

Also Featuring:

 Nnedi Okorafor
Julia Elliott
Kelly Barnhill
Nathan Ballingrud
Terra Elan McVoy

A Program Designed For Teen Writers Interested in Today's Hottest Fantasy Fiction Genres.

  • Work in group sessions with noted historians, scientists, authors and philosophers.

  • Create your own world, complete with its own languages, laws and cultures.

  • Network with other creative students from around the world.

  • Publish your work with the help of noted authors.

  • Engage in dyanamic programs designed to foster creativity through lifelong social and wellness skills

  • Receive credentials recognizing this unique achievement along with a full professional evaluation to provide positive reinforcement for writing skills and college success.

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News Updates

8/04/15 -- Shared Worlds is the Kind of SFF Writing Camp You Wish Existed When You Were a Teenager

8/04/15 -- The Reader Sense of Ann VanderMeer

5/09/14 -- Jeff VanderMeer listed in Huffington Post's 9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading

2/21/14 -- Barnes and Noble interviews Shared Worlds co-founder Jeff VanderMeer about his new novel, Annihilation.

2/7/14 -- Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation reviewed by Kirkus and NPR.

12/3/13 -- Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook named among 2013’s best science fiction by the Guardian newspaper.

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