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, 3:30–4:30PM EST.


January 15, 2021 – Leslie Margolis

Leslie Margolis is the author of many books, including the Maggie Brooklyn mystery series, and several standalone novels including We Are Party People and Ghosted. Her novel Boys Are Dogs became the Disney movie, Zapped. Leslie has tutored homeless children in New York, and taught fiction-writing to teenagers at 826NYC and Writopia Lab. A frequent visiting author and guest lecturer in schools and libraries, Leslie serves on the board of WAAC, Writers & Artists Across the Country, a non-profit that brings authors to underserved k-12 schools. She lives in Los Angeles.

From Leslie:

What makes a person? And what holds more weight—one’s individual spirit or one’s environment? Are people any more than a collection of their experiences? Their choices? Their desires? Is there any such thing as destiny?

Prompt 1:
Write a letter to your younger self. Maybe impart some wisdom you wish you’d had at the time—three years ago, five years ago, eight years ago… you choose. Alternatively, you can create a fictional character, and write a letter as if you were that individual.

Prompt 2:
If you were to make a time capsule, to best represent this year, what would go in it? Choose five or ten things. List them and discuss why they are significant to you.

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Fall 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.

ALL PROGRAMS