Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Orson Scott Card's "Boot Camp"

I confess I have not read Orson Scott Card's work, and I didn't realize he was local. He apparently teaches at Southern Virginia University--a Mormon college in the town of Buena Vista, not far from where I live. This came to my attention because I just heard about Uncle Orson's Writing Class and Literary Boot Camp which is taking place this August on the campus of SVU.

I don't think it's for me, but I'm interested that such an event is taking place so nearby.

6 comments:

cvillewords said...

Maybe he just comes out once a year to do this boot camp. I was pretty sure he lived in Utah.

Clifford Garstang said...

It looks like he might also teach an occasional class at SVU, but the school's website doesn't list him as faculty.

Jessie Carty said...

interesting, i thought he was still in Greensboro, NC.

Clifford Garstang said...

Jessie, he is, according to his website:

Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a longterm position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.

Steve Stewart said...

I applied to Boot Camp and was one of the 15 people accepted this year. I'm pretty excited. I think it will be a lot of fun to work alongside some other writers. And I'm a pretty big fan of the Ender series, so it will be great to meet Orson Scott Card.

Clifford Garstang said...

Hey, that's good to hear, Steve. I hope you enjoy it and get a lot out of it!