The Shared Worlds Bestiary: Cory Doctorow, Nnedi Okorafor, Lev Grossman, Elizabeth Hand, and More!

Jeff VanderMeer • April 22nd, 2010 @ 4:43 pm • News

To get the word out on Shared Worlds, a unique two-week SF/Fantasy writing camp for teens, Wofford College has hosted a fantastical bestiary–original imaginary animals created by a mix of some of the best writers out there. Go check it out. This is a very generous contribution by the writers, and the students will not only draw some of the beasts, they’ll also riff off of the descriptions.

Here’s more info on the camp, for which I am the asistant director. I can tell you in all honesty that working on Shared Worlds has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life, and it’s a wonderful, structured, secure way for teens to express themselves, learn new things, and make great new friends. Not only that, the students get one-on-one sessions to discuss their writing, writing labs, workshops, field trips, detailed and constructive critiques of their fiction, and much more.

Wofford College provides tremendous support and infrastructure, making Shared Worlds unique–it is the place to send your kid. Register! Slots are still available.

Here’s the official description. I serve as the assistant director.

Shared Worlds is a summer think tank at Wofford College for teenagers who have an interest in fantasy and science fiction literature. For two weeks, students create imaginary worlds and write fiction under the guidance of writers and professors. The instructors for 2010 will include Spiderwick Chronicles creator Holly Black, critically acclaimed YA and adult authors Kathe Koja and Marly Youmans, Nebula Award winner Michael Bishop, writer and gaming expert Will Hindmarch, and World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer. Artist Scott Eagle will also conduct a workshop during the camp. Register online today!

Instructors in 2011 will include Nnedi Okorafor and Minister Faust.

3 Responses to “The Shared Worlds Bestiary: Cory Doctorow, Nnedi Okorafor, Lev Grossman, Elizabeth Hand, and More!”

  1. Kat Clay says:

    Sigh… wish I’d had this when I was a kid.

  2. Ian says:

    “Can I play too?” You know, this reminds me of the days when I watched the older kids playing D&D, desperate to join in the collective fantasy fun. Except now, I’m on the other end of the age gap, envious of high school students! That’s great stuff, man.

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