The highlight of each year is the annual ALAN Workshop. At this gathering, you’ll meet with colleagues from across the country, receive copies of some of the best and most popular young adult titles, and get to hear from a host of young adult authors. The workshop is held each year in conjunction with the NCTE Annual Convention. Registration is handled through NCTE’s website.

Virtual ALAN Program 2021

  • Saturday, November 20th, ALAN Breakfast, 9:30am-10:45am EST
  • Sunday, November 21, ALAN Reception, 8:00pm-9:30pm EST
  • Monday, November 22, ALAN Workshop, 9:00am-5:20pm EST
  • Tuesday, November 23, ALAN Workshop, 9:00am-3:00pm EST


  • $125 for NCTE members
  • $175 for non NCTE members
  • $50 for student NCTE members
  • Free to those with Indigenous ties to Louisville

$35 for a book box shipped to an address; international shipping must inquire directly.

Grants for New Attendees

Are you a graduate student or librarian interested in attending ALAN for the first time? Click here to apply for a grant.

Workshop Overview

Do you love middle grade and young adult literature?  Are authors your rockstars? Do you stay up too late reading? Do you want to learn with and from other educators, librarians, authors, and friends who are passionate about the power of authentic texts for all?  We welcome you to the ALAN 2021 Workshop!

Once registered on the NCTE conference website, participants will have access to all virtual ALAN events.  This includes the ALAN breakfast on Saturday, November 20th, as well as the author reception on Sunday, November 21st and the workshop itself on November 22nd and 23rd.  When registering, participants can pay $35 more to receive a box of the books by the authors featured on the program, as well as advanced reading copies of books highlighted during the reception.  This box will be shipped directly to a home/school address.

Registration Note: Attendees wishing to register only for the ALAN Workshop can do so by selecting the “Events Only” option. After completing attendee information, you will be presented with the option to register for ALAN, as well as add books to your registration. View the video tutorials below for step-by-step directions.  

How to Register (Desktop/Computer)
How to Register (Mobile)

The ALAN breakfast on Saturday on November 20th, 2021, is held in conjunction with NCTE and will feature an amazing keynote speaker as well as the ALAN award recipient. The breakfast will take place from 9:30am-10:45am EST.

The workshop itself kicks off with a virtual author reception from 8:00-9:30pm EST on November 21st, 2021, which will include a Kahoot trivia game about ALAN authors, author and ALAN member booktalks, prize giveaways, and digital ARCs for all attendees. This event is not to be missed as you’ll be playing and listening alongside authors and book-loving friends!

Monday and Tuesday’s ALAN workshop will feature over 90 authors in 33 interactive sessions including keynote presentations, panels, two author conversations, as well as a breakout session when eight different groups of educators will share amazing ideas for utilizing middle grade and young adult literature.  Monday’s workshop will take place from 8:00am-5:20pm EST and Tuesday’s workshop will take place from 8:00am-3:00pm EST. All of these sessions will be recorded and will be available for a month or two after the live broadcast. 

The 2021 ALAN Workshop promises to be a phenomenal experience, and we are thrilled that you want to be a part of the magic!