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 23, 2019. Meg Medina and John Green will be speaking at this year’s breakfast. Tickets are required for the breakfast and you can add them to your NCTE Conference registration or workshop registration following the instructions listed below.
The 2019 ALAN Workshop will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from November 25-26. A full schedule of the workshop program and other events, including maps of the convention center, is available from this page.
From Steven T. Bickmore, 2019 ALAN President:
During the last 15 years perhaps no adolescent novel has helped us think about identity as clearly as Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese (2006). It is important in several ways. First, the graphic format breaks down many of our preconceptions about format and genre. Second, Yang defined identity on his own terms and through his own exploration into family, tradition, culture, and societal expectations.
With this theme I am interested in how authors of young adult literature define themselves, their characters, and their themes. I hope that you are interested in this as well. I am less interested in how we tend to group them at festivals, conferences, reading lists, classrooms, and through awards. Clearly, we have to find ways to talk about authors and books. In this year’s workshop I hope we can find a way to listen carefully to how authors and the adolescents they observe and represent identify themselves.
At the 2019 ALAN workshop, we celebrate adolescent identity. We will look at the authors’ works as they present and define this concept. We will do our best to resist labels that are imposed as opposed to those that writers and adolescent select for themselves.
Hopefully, as we listen, we can gain a new appreciation for why we need diverse books. As we advocate for social justice we can strive to use the words the authors provide and incorporate the themes and descriptions they produce. While others may try to construct barriers and legislate away various identities, we might listen to individuals. Then, as a result, we might more actively offer students “Mirror, windows, and sliding glass doors” (Bishop, 1990). Mirrors in which they can see themselves, windows through which they can see others, and sliding doors they can use to enter the word and present themselves and their own identity.
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. Instructions for registration depend on whether or not you plan to also attend NCTE:
If you are planning to attend the NCTE convention:
As you complete your online registration for the NCTE conference, you will find an option to add the ALAN breakfast ticket in Step 3: Meals and you will find the option to add registration for the ALAN workshop under Step 4: Special Events (see images below; click on each thumbnail for an expanded view).
If you only want to register for the ALAN Workshop:
(Please note that you may need to create an NCTE account if you are not already a member of NCTE. This can be done after you fill out the Last Name and Email Address fields on the first page of the registration site.) Select the option from the main registration screen for the CEL/ALAN Workshop Only Registration; add the ALAN Workshop option to you registration during Step 2: Special Events (see images below; click on each thumbnail for an expanded view).