[kids-lib] Professional Development Opportunity: NW Regional NCTE Conference

Dawn Prochovnic dawnp at smalltalklearning.com
Thu Jan 30 14:28:56 PST 2014

The NW Regional NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Conference, which only comes to Portland once every ten years or so, is scheduled for March 13, 2014. Here is a link to the conference website: 


and the conference brochure: 


MANY authors are participating as speakers and panelists. Here is a sampling:

Picture Books for Young Readers - Marie Smith, Eric Kimmel, Lori Ries 
Come hear three award-winning Oregon creators of books which combine verbal and visual stories in equal importance. Their books include alphabet and concept books, early readers, nursery rhymes and folk tales for home and the classroom.
Nonfiction Books: Presenting the World for Readers - Susan Blackaby, Bart King, Barbara Kerley
Nonfiction is a big category in Common Core Standards. These authors provide content in a wide spectrum of works on science, biography, explo­ration, historic events, guide books, and more-and make it interesting and accessible to kids.
Mysteries: Creating and Solving Them - April Henry, Phillip Margolin, Ami Margolin Rome
We live in the age of young adult mysteries and thriller novels. Why are they so hard to keep on the library shelves? Where do these best-selling writers get the ideas for their popular tales of abduction, escape, and alibis?
Fantasy/SciFi/Dystopian: Experiencing Other Worlds - Anne Osterlund, David Ward, Inara Scott
Fantasy often uses magic and supernatural phenomena in plot, theme, or setting; scifi deals with imagination, futuristic worlds, and technology; and "dystopian literature provides fresh perspectives on problematic social and political practices otherwise taken for granted or inevitable" (Keith Booker). Learn how these authors have created their fictions.
Lives in Transition or Coming of Age - Rosanne Parry, Robin Cody, Tara Kelly
These novelists focus on the moral and psychological development of pro­tagonists-now often female-as they come to grips with the reality of cruelty in the world, and as they move from youth to adulthood. Listen to what these important authors of this genre have to tell us about the chal­lenges of growing up.
Fact and Fiction: Writing the Past - Susan Fletcher, Graham Salisbury, Lauren Kessler
Historical fiction tells a story set in the past and drawn from history, some­times with actual historical persons, but the principal characters tend to be fictional. Writers do extensive research to capture the spirit and social conditions of the times. Three of Oregon's best writers in this genre will share their experiences.
Experiencing Oregon in Literature - Molly Gloss, Craig Lesley, Linda Crew
Authentic Oregon experiences and settings are the stuff of the books of these authors, including new treatments of Native American experiences and gender themes. A sense of place, western toughness, resourcefulness, and individualism are frequent themes, as are responsibility for family, people, and the land. Female characters often act as moral touchstones, both good and bad.

Follow the links above for additional information and to register.

Dawn Prochovnic, MA
SCBWI-Oregon Library Liaison
Author, Story Time with Signs & Rhymes Series
Magic Wagon/ABDO Publishing Group

dawnp at smalltalklearning.com
Facebook: Dawn Babb Prochovnic

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