The 2011 ALAN Workshop will be hosted at the Chicago Hilton from November 20-22 and will continue the tradition of celebrating the very best of young adult literature. This year’s lineup is wonderful indeed:
M.T. Anderson will deliver the keynote address at the Workshop, and Jacqueline Woodson will serve as the 2011 ALAN Breakfast speaker (Saturday morning, November 19, during NCTE).
Several fantastic authors will speak on Monday, including Angela Johnson, Walter Dean Myers, Richard Peck, Janet Tashjian, Sean Beaudoin, John Green, Matt de la Peña, Leslie Margolis, Wendy Mass, Sarah Weeks, Rita Williams-Garcia, Sarah Dessen, Lauren Myracle, Cheryl Rainfield, Andrew Smith, Paul Yee, Kazu Kibuishi, Maureen Johnson, Abby McDonald, and Laurie Halse Anderson. The evening will conclude with a reception honoring the finalists for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (AEWA).
Tuesday will feature an equally impressive collection of authors, including Chris Crutcher, Cara Chow, Sharon Draper, J.L. Powers, Matthew Quick, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer Donnelly, Neal Schusterman, Coe Booth, B.A. Binns, Simone Elkeles, Stephanie Perkins, Sara Zarr, James Dashner, Megan McCafferty, Veronica Roth, Dom Testa, Katie Alender, Beth Fantaskey, Michelle Hodkin, Thanhha Lai, and David Levithan.
The Workshop will begin with a cocktail reception on Sunday evening where attendees can mingle and chat with participating authors over wine and light snacks. Monday sessions will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the AEWA reception following from 5:15-6:15 pm. Tuesday sessions will be held from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We encourage participants to attend the full workshop to avoid missing any worthwhile presentations. Space is limited to 500 attendees; registration should open soon at www.ncte.org.