"The first week, students team up to collaborate on world-building. The second week, they break off to focus solely on their writing. A week after the end of camp, students are rewarded with a high-quality keepsake book of their writing.
In addition to honing and learning about the writing craft, students also gain added benefit of making friends and finding a community in which they fit. This helps teens not only focus on their creative goals but develop skills needed for preparing and attending college. It has also gained a lot of attention and encouragement from the literary community."
"Much as we love the writing component of the camp, and feel it’s of use in helping encourage and create future SF/F writers, the fact that many of the students feel like they finally belong is often the most rewarding part of the experience for the instructors. And, of course, there’s that satisfaction from seeing the light dawn: Oh, I am a writer. I can be a writer."
"Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, Scott Westerfeld, and thirty-seven more of the most imaginative writers from around the world have contributed to Shared Worlds’ 'Critter Map,' a webpage of fantastical beasts. Their whimsical descriptions of imaginary creatures created by pop artist Jeremy Zerfoss are in support of the Shared Worlds registration and fund drive for 2012. Every summer up to 50 teen writers come to Shared Worlds SF/F Teen Writing Camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, from as far away Japan to participate in this unique camp. This year, registrants include teens from all parts of the United States as well as Germany and Indonesia. Wofford College provides a structured, supervised environment in which the students can excel and demonstrate their creativity."
"Every year, we host thirteen- to seventeen-year-olds from all over the U.S. and the world. These students create their own unique worlds and then write stories in those worlds the second week. In 2016, they were assisted by classroom instructors and guest writers such as Olde Heuvelt, Tobias Buckell, Nnedi Okorafor, Julia Elliott, Terra Elan McVoy, Leah Thomas, and Nathan Ballingrud."
"Which cities are the most 'science fictional'? . . .
Do you concur with Neil Gaiman, who told Shared Worlds that 'I think as I get older I get more convinced that it doesn't matter what city you pick, they are all fantastical. It just means you have to look at them right, or pick the right time of day'?"
"Shared Worlds, an innovative two week workshop in fantasy and science fiction worldbuilding is currently seeking applications for attendance from students grade eight to twelve who have an interest in creative writing and fantasy worldbuilding.
The program [. . .] offers an intensely creative atmosphere in which students learn all aspects of building their own fictional world through instruction in creative writing, history, art, philosophy and physics and then apply that knowledge by creating fiction, games and more."
"How is it possible that when Ursula K. LeGuin, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and other writers were asked what real-life city--on this world--would be their choice for top science fiction or fantasy city, nobody said Los Angeles? [....]
The question was asked by the folks behind Shared Worlds, a two-week summer program in science fiction and fantasy for teens held at Wofford College in South Carolina."