SharedWorlds

SUN. JULY 20 - SAT. AUG. 2 WOFFORD COLLEGE

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 Shared Worlds is a program designed for teen writers interested in speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, etc.).  The students work in groups with an experienced “world-building coordinator” to design and build a world.  They also attend sessions on particular aspects of worldbuilding with historians, scientists, authors and philosophers.  Within a few days, the students have produced a world complete with its own life forms, languages, laws and cultures.  The students then write stories set in the worlds they have built.  Professional writers on the Shared Worlds staff, as well as a number of guest authors, instruct the students in various aspects of creative writing. At the end of the program, the guest authors meet the students individually to discuss their stories; they also provide a constructive written evaluation of each student’s story.  Finally, the students’ stories are published annually in book form.

 The camp is a great way for students to network with other creative kids from across the country and around the world and publish their work with the help of noted and award-winning authors.  Shared Worlds takes the ideas and enthusiasm of young writers seriously, and encourages their creativity in a fun, dynamic and safe learning environment on the beautiful campus of Wofford College. 


Shared Worlds Wonderbook

In addition to Jeff VanderMeer, guests will include Ann VanderMeer, and N.K. Jemisin, Sofia Samatar, Gwenda Bond, Tobias Buckell, Kathe Koja, Terra Elan McVoy, and Ekaterina Sedia.

 Shared Worlds Alien Baby

 

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An Interview with Julia Elliott, Amazon.com's Writer-in-Residence for Shared Worlds 2016. Read more »
   


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Paramount Pictures and Scott Rudin Productions have optioned the Jeff VanderMeer novel Annihilation. Read more »
   


2016 Products

 2016SWBookCover

Shared Worlds Book, 2016 

2015 Products

2015 SW Cover

Shared Worlds Book, 2015

2014 Products

2014 Book
Shared Worlds Book, 2014

2012 Products

2012 Book
Shared Worlds Book, 2012

2011 Products

Shared Worlds Book, 2011

2010 Products

Chapbook 2010
Fantastic Bestiary


2012 Worlds

Elmaria
Crux
Isone
Memoria 
Penjara

2011 Worlds

Hartseer
Kalixis
Raffaliraka
Ystal

2010 Worlds

Bohumir
Heelal
 Sattarand
Sattarand FAQ

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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