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« on: February 10, 2012, 02:11:09 pm »

    TOP AUTHORS CONTRIBUTE TO THE SHARED WORLDS CRITTER MAP

    Shared Worlds SF/Fantasy Teen Writing Camp Launches 2012 Registration and Donation Drive

    Shared Worlds Critter Map: https://www.wofford.edu/sharedworlds/critters/

    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.

    At Shared Worlds, the students form teams in classrooms to build entire fantasy or science fictional worlds in the first week and then write stories in those worlds the second week. Top professional writers are on hand to provide feedback and to conduct workshops. The guest writers for the 2012 include New York Times bestsellers Julianna Baggott, Naomi Novik, and Tobias Buckell as well as Prix Award Winner Karin Lowachee and Hugo Award winner Ann VanderMeer. The teens also get to attend author readings, take fieldtrips to bookstores, and create videos about their imaginary worlds. Shared Worlds also publishes an annual book of the students’ writing.

    “For many of our students, Shared Worlds is a transformational experience,” said the camp’s assistant director, fantasy writer Jeff VanderMeer. ”They not only learn more about writing, they also get to have fun solving problems in in the world-building groups, and they form what will probably turn out to be life-long friendships with like-minded teens.”

    The “Critter Map” is the cornerstone of a donation drive intended to ensure that attending the Shared Worlds Teen Writing Camp can be a possibility for all registered students, no matter what their financial need. Monies will join contributions from donors like Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman and major support from Amazon.com.

    The contributors to the “Critter Map” range from such icons as Michael Moorcock and Gene Wolfe to exciting new authors like Viivi Hyvönen and Kirsten Imani Kasai. Filmmaker and writer Gregory Norman Bossert has created the Critter Map website, and Therese Goulding served as editor for the contributions.
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2012, 07:49:27 pm »

First off, I would like to apologize for going silent for so long.  Got tied up in the middle of college (rising senior now) and have only had time for the textbooks, leaving none for the reading I would prefer to do.  With that being said, many activities I have enjoyed doing fell to the wayside, but your Shared Worlds post revitalized my interest and desire to become active on the site again.

Why, you may ask? Turns out, I am a rising senior AT Wofford College, so when I saw that you would be there this summer, I nearly fell out of my chair!  I delved a little more into the program, and was just thoroughly impressed at the teaching staff brought in and what you guys will be doing for the teen writers. 

I live about 90 minutes from Spartanburg, but being that Wofford is my school, and never thinking this kind of situation would arise, I would love to come visit and meet you!  I looked into the schedule, and it seems they keep the authors rather busy all day, but if you feel that you have time and are cool with that, it would be an amazing opportunity that I never thought I would get.  What an incredible coincidence

Anyways, glad to be back and participating again!
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 07:34:13 pm »

Otter!

That would be really cool, I'll email you and we can see. I don't have my schedule yet, like the full schedule, and I know we might probably be doing stuff in town as well which might be easier to meet. Anyway, I'll send you the details as I get them. Smiley Here's hoping!
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