Wordplay 2021: Out of this World

Out of this World with Dhonielle Clayton, Namina Forna, Joan He, and Charlie Jane Anders

Virtual Wordplay is a presentation of St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. This event is in partnership with Ryan Reads (a program of Ryan Companies).

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Dhonielle Clayton has brought together a groundbreaking collection of fantasy short stories from 15 authors in A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology, Namina Forna introduces a world in which the color of blood determines fate in The Gilded Ones, Joan He asks if a STEM prodigy should even bother saving the earth in The Ones We’re Meant to Find, and Charlie Jane Anders explores themes of identity and destiny against the backdrop of an intergalactic war in Victories Greater Than Death. These stories twist, turn, and defy the world we know.

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We’re grateful to our sponsors for their leadership, but your support is critical too! Help this innovative festival thrive by making a donation in any amount to support the Loft and Wordplay today. Plus, show your support for our literary community and featured Wordplay authors by purchasing Wordplay titles from our bookseller partners. Thank you!


If this event is sold out, you will be able to watch the overflow stream on the Loft's Youtube and Facebook channels.

Additional Youth Resources

Keep reading & writing at home with these fun and engaging worksheets and creative prompts! (Coming soon!)