Teens come together to share and critique writing, often with a nationally published young adult author as a mentor and participant. An incredible opportunity for aspiring teen writers! Free and open exclusively to teens.
A former Teen Advisory Board member said, "All of us read some writing, and then the conversation naturally went towards unique ways they develop characters and what platforms they use to help get inspired and to publish their work. They had really unique approaches - like using mood boards, matching songs to characters, and creating virtual versions of their characters. We did a short setting exercise, too, that looked at how settings change over time."
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: This group meets the last Sunday of each month from 2pm - 3pm. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, July 28, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, August 25, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, September 29, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, October 27, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, November 24, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
- Sunday, December 29, 2019: Teen Writing Group; 2:00 pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Anna to RSVP.
Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue: We meet in the Orchestra Pit. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Please email Len Vlahos to RSVP.
- This group meets randomly. Check this space for updates or email Len Vlahos!
Upcoming Events for Fans of YA Literature...
-- KENDRA MERITT with Catching Cinders FRIDAY, August 2; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
ABOUT THE EVENT: Author Kendra Meritt will discuss and sign Catching Cinders, the first book in a young adult fantasy series. Crippled from a childhood illness, Cindy lives in the kitchen fireplace, ignored by her noble father and his new, perfect family. But when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, Cindy’s step-mother coerces her into an elaborate plot to avoid being charged with murder. Meekness is nothing new to Cindy, but now she has to lay low in the royal court of Valeria where a prince is rumored to be bride shopping. She'd be fine, if that prince would just stop following her around. But Prince Nikolas has seen more than Cindy's limp. He's seen that she's clever and observant. And she's just the right person to help him fight a blood mage that threatens the very foundation of Valeria. If only she believed that she was worth fighting for, too.
-- MACKENZE LEE with Loki: Where Mischief Lies SATURDAY, September 7; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
ABOUT THE BOOK: This is the first of three young adult novels from New York Times bestselling author Mackenzi Lee that explores the untapped potential and duality of heroism of popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity . . . except for Amora. Asgard's resident sorceress-in-training feels like a kindred spirit-someone who values magic and knowledge, who might even see the best in him. But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard's most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth, where her powers will slowly and excruciatingly fade to nothing. Without the only person who ever looked at his magic as a gift instead of a threat, Loki slips further into anguish and the shadow of his universally adored brother, Thor. When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of mysterious murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon nineteenth-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he's meant to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels This Monstrous Thing; The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, which won a 2018 Stonewall Honor Award and the New England Book Award; and its sequel, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. She is also the author of the non-fiction books Bygone Badass Broads, a collection of short biographies of forgotten women from history, and The History of the World In 50 Dogs, which is the same, but dogs. When not writing, she works as an independent bookseller, drinks too much Diet Coke, and romps with her Saint Bernard, Queenie.
-- VICTORIA SCHWAB with Tunnel of Bones (City of Ghosts #2) TUESDAY, September 10; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax (NOTE: This is a middle grade book.)
ABOUT THE BOOK: The thrilling sequel to Victoria Schwab's New York Times bestselling City of Ghosts! Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever. #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages, including City of Ghosts, the Shades of Magic series (which has been translated into over 15 languages), This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Victoria can often be found haunting Paris streets and trudging up Scottish hillsides. Usually, she's tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up stories.
-- MAIKA & MARITZA MOULITTE with Dear Haiti, Love Alaine WEDNESDAY, September 11; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
ABOUT THE BOOK: When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime...You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything? Actually, a lot. Thanks to "the incident" (don't ask), I'm spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a "spring volunteer immersion project." It's definitely no vacation. I'm toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own...and to hide a rather devastating secret. All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks...like flirting with Tati's distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I'm even exploring my family's history--which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But it's nothing I can't handle.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Maika Moulite is a Miami native and daughter of Haitian immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Miami. When she’s not using her digital prowess to help nonprofits and major organizations tell their stories online, she’s writing stories of her own. She also blogs at Daily Ellement, a lifestyle website featuring everything from diverse inspirational women to career guidance. She’s the oldest of four sisters and loves Young Adult fantasy, fierce female leads, and laughing.
Maritza Moulite graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in women’s studies and the University of Southern California with a master’s in journalism. She’s worked in various capacities for NBC News, CNN, and USA TODAY. An admirer of Michelle Obama, Maritza is a perpetual student and blogs at Daily Ellement as well. Her favorite song is “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.
-- LISA BROWN ROBERTS with The Bookworm Crush TUESDAY, October 1; 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove
ABOUT THE EVENT: Lisa Brown Roberts will discuss and sign The Bookworm Crush, a spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff that is sure to melt your heart. Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for a dream scholarship, and the only way to win is to transform from sidekick to the heroine of her own life. But that level of confidence has never come easy. The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she's secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols. He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him? To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers. But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Brown Roberts has held a variety of day jobs to support her writing habit, many of them involving writing, but not the fun kind. She currently works in higher education during the day and writes feverishly at 3:00 in the morning, on weekends, and any other time she can convince her family to go play outside and leave her alone. Except for the cats. They can stay, because every writer needs a cat (or two) on her lap. She is the author of Spies, Lies, and Allies: A Love Story, The Replacement Crush, and many other books for teen readers.
-- 2019 Colorado Teen Book Con, SATURDAY, October 26, all day event. Watch for more details!
-- MARISSA MEYER with Supernova (Renegades #3) THURSDAY, November 7; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
ABOUT THE BOOK: All's fair in love and anarchy... Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer's first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Marissa lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their three cats.