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).
Our ALAN Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 7:00am – 9:15am. This year’s speaker will be S. E. Hinton, author of many books for young adults including the universally recognized and seminal book The Outsiders.
The 2016 ALAN Workshop will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from November 21-22 in conjunction with the annual NCTE Convention held in the same city. The workshop will be held in the Georgia World Congress Center. (More details about the specific location will be posted here soon.)
Innovation, vision, risk, rebellion—these distinguish our most noteworthy young adult books and our most effective ways of promoting and teaching them. They pave the way for literary excellence, creativity, and resistance to the status quo. At the 2016 ALAN Workshop, we’ll celebrate authors, editors, teachers, librarians, critics, and teen advocates who have pushed our field forward through their risk-taking work with YA lit. Our opening keynote on Monday morning will feature award-winning author A.S. King. We have a full slate of wonderful authors (and editors) scheduled for this year’s workshop; a complete list can be seen here.
In other keynote speeches, panel discussions, author conversations, and breakout sessions, we’ll explore questions such as:
- Who are the authors who engage and challenge readers through innovative approaches to writing craft and storytelling? Who are the editors and publishers who bring us books unlike those we’ve seen before? Who are the teachers, librarians, critics, and advocates who champion those books and help them find their audience?
- What does risk-taking look like in YA writing, reading, teaching, and advocacy?
- How do we call and persuade others to join us in developing a bold vision for our work with YA lit and the teens who read it?
Proposals for the workshop breakout sessions are no longer being accepted. Submitted proposals are under review and announcements about accepted breakouts will be posted soon.
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.