quaranTEEN voices

quaranTEEN voices gives young writers the space to connect with each other, as well as with professional authors from around the country! Students receive writing prompts written by the author to work on independently, and on Friday, they meet our guest author, make new friends, and talk about writing. Teens have the option to share their work at the quaranTEEN voices virtual gathering as well.

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All gatherings take place on Zoom, 4:30–5:30PM EST.

June 11, 2021 – Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of romance (historical, contemporary, and sci-fi) and thrillers. Her Civil War-set espionage romance An Extraordinary Union was the American Library Association’s RUSA Best Romance for 2018, and A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018. She’s contributed to publications including Bustle, Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can usually be found watching anime or wrangling her pets.

PROMPT: World Building
Create a kingdom or country! Write a short description of a kingdom/country that does not exist in the real world. Things to think about:
– What part of the world is the kingdom/country located in?
– Is it a contemporary kingdom (like The Princess Diaries), high fantasy world (The Witcher, Lord of the Rings), or sci-fi/futuristic (Jupiter Ascending/etc)?
– What kind of government do they have?
– What language do they speak?
– What are their traditional foods?
– Do they have religion, and if so is it similar to ones that already exist or different?
– What is one mythological/folk legend they have?
– What do they do for fun?
– Are they warring or at peace?
– What else would you like us to know about them?


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Spring 2021 quaranTEEN voices Schedule

Leslie Margolis • January 15
Samira Ahmed • January 29
Liz Bruenig • February 26
Jessica Goodman • March 12
Alicia Carroll • March 26

Chelsea SuttonApril 16
David M. EwaltApril 30
L.L. McKinneyMay 14

Fall 2020 quaranTEEN voices Schedule

Mariama Lockington • October 2
Karen Russell • October 16
Daniel Ehrenhaft • October 30
Rachel Eliza Griffiths • November 13
GD Falksen • November 20
Rebecca Stead • December 11

Check out talks from our previous guest authors here, and read works written in previous sessions here! You can also find all the previous prompts in the list below.

Spring 2020
You can find an archive of Spring 2020 QTV prompts here.

Summer 2020
You can find an archive of Summer 2020 QTV prompts here.