Proposals for the 2017 ALAN Workshop

Proposals for the 2017 ALAN Workshop

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Opening Minds, Changing Hearts, and Giving Voice to Adolescence
2017 ALAN Workshop


Workshop Description

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.


Breakout Session Proposals

We welcome breakout sessions that will spark conversation and explore the possibilities of young adult literature. Proposals may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • Who are the authors and texts that have changed your mind or opened your heart to a new possibility, or a new way of thinking?
  • What book, authors, or media do you use to engage your students in difficult conversations about our society? How do you help them develop voice?
  • How does Young Adult Literature change your heart? What does this mean for you? For your students? What does it look like in your classroom or community?

More information and details can be found on the proposal form (see below to download the form).


Important Details

Breakout sessions will be 50 minutes in length. All applicants must be members of ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English). You can join or renew your membership right here. Electronic submissions are due no later than midnight (CST) on Monday, January 16, 2017 and should be sent to Laura Renzi.

Proposals submitted by mail should be postmarked by Thursday, January 12, 2017 and sent to this address:

Laura Renzi
500 Main Hall 720 S High St.
West Chester University
West Chester, PA    19383


Download Proposal Form