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06/06/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Jeff VanderMeer has been named Assistant Director of the Shared Worlds Creative Writing Program at Wofford College in the USA. Just remember kids, A is for Asimov, Z is for Zelazny.

Author Jeff VanderMeer has been named Assistant Director of Wofford College's Shared Worlds Creative Writing Program. This two-week program brings high school students and authors, artists, designers and scientists together in a collaborative environment. Guided by course instructors and guest authors, students will design their own imaginary worlds, learning the art of creative writing in a hands on fashion. In addition to helping with the program, VanderMeer will also teach during the two-week period. Writers Tobias Buckell and Ekaterina Sedia will also be part of the Shared Worlds experience.

"As far as I can tell," VanderMeer told "this is one of the only programs of its type in the country. It's an exciting catalyst for energizing young people to use their imaginations in a creative and mind-expanding ways. Director Jeremy Jones has put together a really wonderful program that's also a lot of fun, and I expect to learn a lot from the students, as well."

VanderMeer has taught at the Clarion Workshop (University of California, San Diego) as well as at the Brisbane Writers Festival in Australia, Trinity Prep School in Orlando and other schools and universities. VanderMeer has collaborated on short films with rock groups like The Church, has had his fiction adapted for promotional purposes by Playstation Europe by filmmaker Joel Veitch. With his wife Ann VanderMeer, the fiction editor for Weird Tales, he is the co-editor of Best American Fantasy, Fast Ships, Black Sails, Steampunk, New Weird and many more. The VanderMeers live in Tallahassee, FL.

Wofford College is an independent liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, SC. Shared Worlds will be held on campus from July 20th through August 2nd. Student slots are still available.

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