The highlight of each year is the annual ALAN Workshop. At this gathering, you’ll meet with colleagues from across the country, receive copies of some of the best and most popular young adult titles, and get to hear from a host of young adult authors. The workshop is held each year in conjunction with the NCTE Annual Convention. Registration is handled through NCTE’s web site (see below for more information).
The ALAN Breakfast is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, November 18, 2017. More details will be coming soon.
The 2017 ALAN Workshop will be held in St. Louis, Missouri from November 20-21 in conjunction with the annual NCTE Convention held in the same city.
Young adult literature changes us; it touches us and heals us. Authors, editors, and illustrators create art that calls to the very part of us that needs friendship or comfort, laughter or love, understanding and voice. It holds our hearts as it appeals to our humanity and allows us to not just tell the stories, BUT TO HEAR, the stories that need to be told, in ways that gently bring us to our knees. At the 2017 ALAN Workshop, we will celebrate the world of young adult literature for opening our minds and changing our hearts, for giving voice to all adolescent experiences.
- YA Lit opens our minds … to those who are marginalized and silenced. To different perspectives to historical events that we thought we knew, or were never taught in the first place.
- YA lit changes our hearts… it provides healing in times of grief. It provides community when we don’t know where to go. It provides an opportunity for readers to engage in those tough conversations that are needed for growth.
- YA lit gives voice to adolescence… in a world where chaos seems to reign, YA literature provides solace, a place to grieve, and a community in which to grow and learn and fight back.
Registration for the annual workshop is handled through NCTE’s web site, through the same system used to process registrations for NCTE’s annual convention. Please note that you do not have to register for NCTE’s convention (or be a member of NCTE) to register for and participate in the ALAN workshop. If you only want to register for the ALAN workshop, fill out the required information on the first page of the site (check the “I would like to add items without a registration” option–see image to the right) and then click the button to go to the second page where you can add the ALAN workshop to your cart.