CFP: [General] YA Lit & the YSU English Festival

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Jeff Buchanan
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Call for Applications: Young Adults and Their Literature: An Inquiry-
Based Forum in Conjunction with the 30th Youngstown State University
English Festival. April 17-19, 2008.

The Youngstown (OH) State University English Festival Committee invites
scholars in English Education and Young Adult Literature, teachers of
English/Language Arts, librarians, and other interested professionals to
apply to participate in an inquiry-based forum centered on the 30th
anniversary celebration of the YSU English Festival.

The Youngstown State University English Festival annually brings about
2500 middle and high school students to the Youngstown State University
campus over 3 days to take part in a host of events that celebrate reading
and writing. Students hear presentations from YA authors and teacher-
scholars and participate in contests, games, and workshops involving
reading and writing.

2008’s Festival features presentations by Chris Crutcher, Joan Bauer,
Naomi Shihab Nye, and Christopher Paul Curtis.

Successful applicants will attend 2 days of the 2008 Festival (Thursday
and Friday, April 17-18), experiencing this unique university/school
collaboration as a backdrop against which to investigate the interactions
of young adults, young adult authors, professional educators, and
community members engaged in the activity of reading, writing, and talking
about young adult literature. In addition, attendees will work in small
groups, deconstructing the experiences of the day and inquiring into
professionally relevant issues such as:
• What makes university/school partnerships effective?
• How do YA authors react to their readers, and vice versa?
• How do young adults respond (verbally and in writing) to YA
The forum will conclude on Saturday (April 19) with additional
presentations, reports by work groups, and an open discussion of issues
raised during the experience.

Because of our focus on collaborative work, attendance is limited.
Applications are available on the YSU Festival website
( and must be downloaded and completed manually
and postmarked by January 18, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be
made on or before March 7, 2008. Information about lodging, meals, and
transportation and a full conference schedule are also available on our

A further note: This will probably be unlike any conference you have been
to. It’s aim is not to have scholars profess what they already know about
young adults and their literature, but rather to use the English Festival
as a “laboratory” in which to observe and interact with students and
authors. However, this is not simply an “observing” experience.
Attendees will be given active roles as Festival presenters, group session
leaders, and forum facilitators. Publication of forum proceedings and
results is being explored, with full participation by interested

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