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.


February 26, 2021 – Liz Bruenig

Liz Bruenig is a journalist working as an opinion columnist for the New York Times, where she writes on religion, politics, ethics, and motherhood. She previously wrote for the Washington Post, where she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2019. She and her husband Matt co-host the podcast The Bruenigs, where they talk about the news, the internet, and their lives.

Prompt 1

Pick a person, alive or dead, who you think is terrible, unforgivable. Find something beautiful in them, and write about it.

Prompt 2

Describe the strangest place you’ve ever been. No characters, no action; just setting, mood, and tone.
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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