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 is going virtual for 2020! You can find the whole ALAN Workshop program here.

All program events listed below are included in your ALAN Workshop registration. Workshop registration includes a full year membership to ALAN, which also includes three mailed copies of The ALAN Review. All recordings will be available for 60 days following the Workshop.


ALAN Breakfast

Our Virtual ALAN Breakfast with Angie Thomas (Keynote Speaker) and Nikki Grimes (ALAN Award Winner) is free to all ALAN Workshop attendees. It will be hosted in the virtual platform on Saturday, November 21, 7:30am-8:45am MST (9:30am-10:45am EST).


ALAN (Virtual) Evening Reception

Our evening reception will feature trivia, prizes, and a special (new!) e-galley preview. This event is free for all ALAN Workshop attendees and will be held Sunday, November 22, 6pm-7:30pm MST (8pm-9:30pm EST).


ALAN (Virtual) Workshop

The full ALAN Workshop program is available here. The event includes over 70 authors. Workshop registration includes a full year membership to ALAN, which also includes three mailed copies of The ALAN Review. The ALAN Workshop will be held from 8am-5pm MST (10am-7pm EST). Attendees are welcome to livestream into their classes and all recordings will be available for 60 days following the Workshop.


Workshop Details

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.

Program Consultants:
Robert Bittner
Shanetia Clark
E. Sybil Durand
Wendy J. Glenn
Kellee Moye



To register, please call the NCTE Member Service Center at 877-369-6283 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET. If you prefer to have an authorized customer service agent call you, please email your registration request and phone number to Online registration has closed.


Letter to ALAN Members about Cost Decisions


Dear ALAN Members,

We are thrilled to share the 2020 ALAN Workshop program. We’ve appreciated your patience these past few months as we embarked into new waters, offering a virtual workshop. Our goal has always been to provide ALAN members with the four components they value most: (1) improved equity and inclusion, (2) access to the best authors, (3) books for their classrooms and libraries, and (4) the very lowest price we can provide without operating in the red. These are trying times, but also times of opportunity, and we are seeking to try new things with this year’s workshop. We are offering the ALAN Workshop for up to 1,000 attendees at $125 along with a complimentary ticket to the ALAN Breakfast program. Students will be able to register for $50. In addition, for an additional $25, a box of books can be shipped directly to the doors of the first 500 registrants.

We look forward to seeing you in-person at the 2021 NCTE Conference. In the meantime, we’re excited about this year’s workshop and the opportunity to share ALAN events with even more attendees both nationally and internationally!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the ALAN Executive Board or to reach out to us via social media or the newsletter email.

“See” you at the Workshop!


The ALAN Executive Committee and Board