One of the best things I’m associated with every year is the Shared Worlds teen SF/Fantasy summer writing camp. I serve as co-director and run the creative writing track. As recently announced, the wonderful writer Julia Elliott has been named our Amazon writer-in-residence, in conjunction with an $18,000 grant from Amazon that will help fund scholarships for teens who need financial assistance. You can find more about the grant over at the Amazon book blog.
Every year, teens from all over the country and even the world come to Shared Worlds for a unique mix of world-building and fiction writing. Our guests in addition to Elliott include Nnedi Okorafor, Tobias Buckell, Leah Thomas, Nathan Ballingrud, and Terra Elan McVoy, with Hugo Award-winner Ann VanderMeer as editor-in-residence. We’ll also have a ton of cool activities, in addition to Skype sessions with the brilliant bestselling authors Lev Grossman and Daniel Abraham about their writing and their TV shows on the SyFy Channel.
Also, starting this year, all the students will receive a free copy of my writing guide Wonderbook, from Abrams Image.
Shared Worlds is in its ninth year, which is just an amazing accomplishment. Very proud of this camp. More info, including how to register, at the website.