2014 Conference in Review
We are so grateful to all of our attendees and participants for a phenomenal inaugural year! Thinking about attending in 2015? Check out what some of our participants had to say about their experience below:
"This experience has been one of a kind. My mind is spinning with thoughts about my own work and the happiness I feel for having this experience...I've had the fortune of working with librarians, graduate students, academics and professional writers in an intimate forum to share the love of books written for adolescent readers. The pastiche of author insight with teacher practice has been absolutely amazing."
"There is nothing better for book recommendations than a conference on YA literature. While I was in Baton Rouge, LA...I kept a running list of book titles and authors on my phone, adding five or six books to it every day. The YA lit conference at LSU was composed of two keynotes each day presented by an author and an academic, a selection of workshops in the mornings, and breakout sessions in the afternoon. All of these options for learning about and engaging with YA lit were compounded by author readings and receptions in the evenings."
"I had the privilege of meeting Mr. de la Pena at LSU and found him to be a wonderfully friendly person with a fascinating story of his journey to the world of fiction."
"I had the chance to sit and listen to the inimitable Chris Crutcher talk about books, reading, censorship, educators, and kids...I love how Chris can take simple statements like this and convey perfectly the important roles of books and reading and teachers and choice and libraries to an audience. I almost feel the need to have each of these emblazoned on a shirt."