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Teen Lit Boot Camp: Historical Fiction

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $200)
June 1 - June 30, 2013 - PDPs: 15

Part of Teen Lit Boot Camp Series

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, we’ll examine the history of the genre in mainstream and young adult fiction, the trademark characteristics fans seek out, the appeal of the genre, and identify classics and recent favorites. We will note engaging tactics deployed in historical titles, the special appeal of alternate histories, detail versus info dumping, and pairing historical fiction with nonfiction and primary sources for further research. We will also discuss the stereotypes surrounding the genre, the diversification of the genre, and how to pitch titles to fans as well as readers who avoid historical fiction for fear of getting lectured. There will be a reading list, so sign up early to give yourself time.

View the reading list for this workshop here.

Check out our other Teen Lit Boot Camp workshops. If you sign up for more than one, you get a 15% discount!

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

Please note: While we try to be as accurate as we can be with our workshop descriptions, please contact SLIS CE or the workshop instructor to ensure that the class meets your expectations for content, format, rigor, etc.

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