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Teen Lit Boot Camp: Gender and Teen Lit

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

Part of Teen Lit Boot Camp Series

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.

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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