Early planning happened at the CEE Conference in Columbus at the Ohio State. A ton of people weighed in on the planning and purpose of the Summit. The early committee was Michelle Falter, Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil, Crag Hill, Sarah Donovan, and myself. Everyone contributed a great deal. As life goes, Michelle and Gretchen have had important--not tragic--family and life issues that had them going in different directions during the summit. They will be missed. While Michelle and Gretchen were still working hard we added a local librarian, Susan Slykerman, and we asked Bill Konigsberg to weigh in from an authors perspective from time to time. Both have added tremendously to what will be happening this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday June 14-16, 2018.
Susan helped us make the needed connection with Clark County School District they helped us create one of our a valuable partnerships. Bill helped us think about things from the point of view of the author. As we discuss teaching and research, we want authors to understand what we do and we need to better understand their work. What is their role in the classroom, in the conferences, and in the publishing industry? We often don't think about how difficult it is for them to be a full time writer and to make economic ends meet. I appreciate Donalyn Miller's constant reminder to buy their books.
Other partnerships include the UNLV College of Education--we go nowhere without Sheila and Kelsy, the UNLV Department of Teaching and Learning, the UNLV Teacher Development & Resources Library--Yeah Amanda, Katherine and Huston, The Southern Nevada Writing Project--Thanks Denise, Ben, and Amber, and the Gayle A. Zeiter Literacy Development Center. A special shout out to the UNLV Lied Library for providing such a wonderful space for Thursday and Friday and to Valley High School for doing the same on Saturday.
So, the time has arrived. About 40 people have prepared presentations. There is a link to the program on this page.
We developed a quick questionnaire so that many of you who can't be here, could weigh in with your opinions. It isn't to late to do it now.
We will hear presentations on Thursday and construct an EduCamp format on Friday. We are going to learn from each other. We will struggle to understand, to define, and plan for a new era of research and teaching of YA literature that is vibrant. The field has so many quality authors that I can't even begin to start naming names, but you might browse through the blog and see who the contributors and I have highlighted over the last three years. Take a look at the weekend picks.
What, you aren't able to be here. Don't worry we want to hear from you follow #YASummit2018 and #YACritical and make comments and share ideas. Look at the list of presenters, you are bound to know one of them, and send them an email. If you don't know them, that is okay, they are all nice people. Just email somebody.
Our registration is over 150 people and thank goodness we are starting to look like the summit might break even after all the costs. If you want to donate to help the cause, just register and tell me you are not coming and we will save the money.
We get to hear from four keynote authors along the way: Laurie Halse Anderson, who understood what we wanted to do from the beginning and has lent her unfailing support. Chris Crutcher, who says he owes me --which could never be true since I owe him a great debt from the first time I read Running Loose. Kekla Magoon, for being willing to trust some academic she did know at all. How it Went Down still chills me to the bone every time I think about it. Bill Konigsberg, whose kindness and unflinching honesty in his books and in his life are an enduring example to stay in there and do good work.
Who wouldn't what to hear them talk about their work and their take on the field of YA literature?
Don't for get to follow along and starting to night get ready to follow #YASummit2018 and #YACritcal.
More updates soon.