Shared Worlds
July 15 - 28, 2018


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 15th 2017 - April 1st 2018. If you’d like to receive email notices about next year’s program, sign up for our e-newsletter.

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. 


2018 Authors