Back with THE BIG IDEA this week is alum Alexandra Franklin! Alexandra received a Scholastic Award in 2010 for her writing portfolio, and returned in the following year to edit The Best Teen Writing of 2011! Having just recently arrived in New York City to begin studies for her master’s degree at The New School, Alexandra joined me on the Scholastic Greenhouse terrace to share her thoughts.

Loretta Lopez: THE BIG IDEA.

Today we bring you the second installment of THE BIG IDEA with writer and alum Loretta Lopez! Loretta, a Guadalajara native, was a 2010 Gold Medal Writing Portfolio recipient and the editor of The Best Teen Writing of 2013. Currently residing in Austin, TX, watch the video above to hear this young alum talk about her inspiration, current projects and a sometimes collaborative creative process!

You can also take a look at Loretta’s tips for staying cool and creative in the summer months HERE!