Shared Worlds: July 16th - 29th, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of Shared Worlds!


Supported by an Amazon grant and featured by The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, Shared Worlds is a unique writing camp that brings together rising 8th-12th grade students from all over the world. Students work with critically acclaimed and bestselling fantasy and science fiction writers to imagine, build, and write their own stories.

Registration is now open for Shared Worlds 2017. Apply by April 1st, 2017. Applications may be considered on a rolling basis after April 1st only if space allows.

Shared Worlds is an annual summer 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 world-building 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 meet their creative peers 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 in Spartanburg, SC. 


2017 Authors