Shared Worlds: July 16th - 29th, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of Shared Worlds!


Thank you to all who have applied to Shared Worlds 2017! There are still a few spaces left in the program, and the application portal remains open. However, we have allocated all of our available financial aid for 2017 and are no longer accepting new applications for financial aid. If you have made a tuition deposit for this year’s camp, your space is being held. If you have applied for financial aid, we are currently reviewing your request and you should hear back from us by April 25th. 

Finally, Shared Worlds is a nonprofit program that does not receive financial support from Wofford College. The amount of funding we award to student each year depends on donations and grants we receive. We do our best to prioritize students with the highest financial need and interest in the program. If you’d like to contribute to make the program possible for more students, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today

Applications for Shared Worlds 2018 will open November 1st 2017-April 1st 2018. If you’d like to receive email notices about next year’s program, sign up for our e-newsletter below.

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.

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.

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