Teen Lit Boot Camp Series


Sign up for more than one Teen Lit Series workshop and receive 15% off the total cost! Please apply this discount yourself when registering and completing payment.

View the reading lists for these workshops here.

Robin Brenner is a Reference/Teen Librarian, Brookline, MA.


Teen Lit Boot Camp: Graphic Novels & Japanese Manga

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
May 1 - 31, 2014 - PDPs: 15

Teen Lit Boot Camp is a series of month-long workshops zeroing in on currently popular topics, The workshops will help librarians learn what defines hot topics, what the best titles are to meet demand, and how to anticipate and select for your teen fans. In this workshop, Graphic Novels and Japanese Manga, we'll take a slightly different tack: this is not a course that will explain the theory and history of the format so much as provide students with the chance to dig in to the diversity of titles, read in depth, and discuss with their fellow students. We will discuss the best creators for clear and compelling presentation, how to distinguish styles and symbols, and compare and contrast popular authors and series. We will also discuss the stereotypes surrounding the format, the diversification of the format, and how to pitch titles to fans as well as readers who dismiss comics. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

Teen Lit Boot Camp: Gender and Teen Lit

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
June 1 - 30, 2014 - PDPs: 15

Teen Lit Boot Camp is a series of month-long workshops zeroing in on currently popular topics, The workshops will help librarians learn what defines hot topics, what the best titles are to meet demand, and how to anticipate and select for your teen fans. In this workshop, we’ll look at a perennially recurring question: does gender matter in teen lit? Are there really girl books and boy books? How far should our responsibility to our teens go in ensuring our collections reflect their gender identities, questions, and voices? We’ll examine the recent debates concerning boys becoming reluctant readers once the teen years arrive, the challenge and importance of writing across gender lines, and the possibilities of moving beyond thinking of titles as ’guy’ or ’girl’ titles. We will also discuss the stereotypes surrounding gendering titles, the redefining of what gender means in teen literature, and how to pitch titles to fans without falling into traps of gendered thinking. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

Teen Lit Boot Camp: Nonfiction

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
July 1 - 31, 2014 - PDPs: 15

Designed for librarians who are not necessarily genre fans, Teen Lit Boot Camp is a series of month-long workshops which will zero in on currently popular genres and help librarians learn what defines each, what the best titles are, and how to anticipate, and select for your teen fans. In this workshop, Nonfiction, we’ll examine the history of nonfiction for young readers in mainstream, the trademark characteristics fans seek out, the appeal of nonfiction, and identify classics and recent favorites. We will cover recreational nonfiction, creative nonfiction, visual texts, and the intersections and crossover between nonfiction and fiction titles. We will also discuss the stereotypes surrounding nonfiction in its appeal and readership, the diversification of what’s available for research and for fun, and how to pitch titles to fans as well as readers who can only think of schoolwork relating to nonfiction tales. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

Teen Lit Boot Camp: Fanworks and Teen Literature

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
August 1 - 31, 2014 - PDPs: 15

Designed for librarians who are not necessarily fans of every type of teen literature, Teen Lit Boot Camp is a series of month-long workshops which will zero in on popular topics and help librarians learn what defines each, what the best titles are, and how to anticipate, and select for your teen fans. Fan created works, from fan fiction to fan art, are an increasingly visible and a richly rewarding way for fans to interact with their favorite stories. At the same time, fan works raises sticky questions about copyright and the meaning of transformative work for literature and authorship. In this workshop, we'll examine the history of fan works, teen favorites that have inspired substantial fan communities, and trace the connections between fanworks, literacy, and community. Drawing from her research on fan works presented at the 2012 ALA Annual conference and the 2012 Young Adult Literature Symposium, Robin Brenner will offer students a chance to understand in more depth the appeal of fan culture for teens and how a new generation of teen lit authors are coming from these communities. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

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