Shared Worlds Awarded Amazon.com Grant

Shared Worlds, the non-profit teen science fiction writing camp, has just announced it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from Amazon.com, which will help the 2011 program fund guest writer invites and student scholarships.

The Amazon.com grant is the largest donation Shared Worlds has received in its history. “Shared Worlds takes a truly innovative approach to developing our next generation of great writers,” said Jon Fine, director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon.com (via Shared Worlds’ press release). “We look forward to the terrific new works the Program’s graduates are bound to create in the future.”

Hosted by Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina since 2008, Shared Worlds has offered young writers, ranging from eighth to twelfth grade, opportunities to work with top science fiction/fantasy writers in a workshop setting.

The Class of 2011, which will be comprised of approximately 50 students, will get to work with guest instructors Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer, Minister Faust, Ekaterina Sedia, Nnedi Okorafor, and Will Hindmarch. Applications for the 2011 summer camp are open, and the session will be held July 18-July 31.

For more information on Shared Worlds SF teen writing camp, applications, instructors, and its Amazon.com Grant, please visit here.


S. J. Chambers is senior editor of Articles at Strange Horizons. Her recent project includes The Steampunk Bible, a coffee table book co-authored with Jeff VanderMeer that will be out May 2011 through Abrams Images.

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