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 Workshop will be moving to a virtual format for 2020. We will be releasing more details and information about the program and related events as soon as possible.
Angie Thomas will be the the keynote speaker for the 2020 ALAN Breakfast, and ALAN Award winner Nikki Grimes will be honored as well. More details and information about this event will be coming soon.
The 2020 ALAN Workshop will be held virtually this year. Virtual information and program forthcoming!
From Ricki Ginsberg, 2020 ALAN President:
The theme of this year’s workshop is “Book Brave: Using YAL to Rethink Spaces Together.” For our 2020 gathering in Denver, we hope to shift power structures—both within and beyond the workshop. Responding to workshop participants’ requests, we aim to have greater diversity of session topics and presenters and more engaging interactions between authors, presenters, and attendees. We hope that sessions will spark conversation and explore the possibilities of young adult literature.
This year’s workshop will feature authors and presenters who are keenly focused on pushing the field and reimagining spaces—classroom spaces; library spaces; and spaces, at large. We hope to design sessions which feature characters and/or themes which celebrate the diversity of young people in our schools and libraries. In US public schools, more than half of students identify as people of color, one-eighth are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, and more than half are eligible for free/reduced lunch (NCES, 2016). More than four-fifths of students who self-identify as LGBTQ report verbal harassment due to their sexual orientation, and three-fifths report being harassed due to their gender expression (GLSEN, 2011). We aim to feature presenters who have critical perspectives of the field and who are willing to speak out in support of young people who have been historically marginalized and oppressed.
E. Sybil Durand
Wendy J. Glenn
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.