Orson Scott Card to Hold Local Writing Class

Buena Vista, Virginia–Award-winning novelist Orson Scott Card will be holding his Annual Writing Class and Literary Boot Camp this summer at Southern Virginia University (SVU).

“Uncle Orson’s Writing Class” will be held June 12-13. In the past, fledgling and experienced writers alike have flocked to the workshop from all over the country to learn more about writing popular fiction from one of the masters. Students in Uncle Orson’s Writing Class take part in two days of discussions, lectures, and idea sessions, right along with participants of the Literary Boot Camp.

The Literary Boot Camp is open only to writers – college-aged and older – who are serious about professional level work. Following the two-day writing class, the Boot Camp writers go on with four intense days of creating and critiquing new stories developed at the beginning of the week. Enrollment for Literary Boot Camp is limited to only 18 participants who must be pre-approved by Card.

Those who wish to apply for the Bootcamp must submit the FIRST PAGE ONLY of a short story. The deadline for submitting writing samples for the Bootcamp is April 3. Successful applicants will be notified by April 10th. 

Orson Scott Card was the first writer to win the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel two years in a row, for Ender’s Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead, in 1986 and 1987. A recent parallel series of Ender books have also been New York Times bestsellers. Warner Brothers recently announced a new deal with Card regarding its option to bring Ender’s Game to the big screen.

Orson Scott Card has also published many articles and thought-provoking pieces on Meridian Magazine.

Among over 50 books, Card has written two on writing: Character and Viewpoint and How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy. The latter won a Hugo award in 1991. He is a favorite lecturer on the writing circuit.  D’Ann Stoddard of SVU Event Scheduling is excited that the university is hosting the class. “To have a professional writer of Mr. Card’s caliber in the area and available to teach a class is remarkable.

Earlier this month, he was asked to speak at the Rockbridge Regional Library, and it was very well attended. I think we’ll attract a lot of future writers from Roanoke, Lexington, and Charlottesville who will want to take advantage of this opportunity.”

To register for the class, download the registration form located on Card’s website, www.hatrack.com or the conference page of the SVU website, www.southernvirginia.edu, or contact D’Ann Stoddard at 540-261-8453.