Reading and Writing Resistance: Acting Up, Speaking Out in YA Lit
From its inception, the field of young adult literature has pushed against norms, offered voice for those whose voices have been minimized or silenced, and introduced us to characters who resist expectations and restrictions. At the 2018 ALAN Workshop, we will celebrate adolescent literature that resists the status quo, pushes us beyond our comfort zones, and forces us to consider the tough questions.
“I attended my first ALAN Workshop in Indianapolis in 2004. As soon as I left that ballroom I knew I wanted to return, and I haven’t missed a workshop since. ALAN is like no other experience at the NCTE Convention. You’ll share two days with authors, teachers, librarians, and students who love young adult literature as much as you do. No other conference that I’ve attended can offer the sheer number (roughly 80+) of YAL authors, as well as the diversity of voices and genres. You’ll leave the workshop with new books and teaching ideas for your classrooms, and a renewed enthusiasm for your students’ reading. We look forward to seeing you in Houston! ”
— Mark Letcher, President, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE