Other folks did a fantastic job of blogging ALAN/NCTE (yep, we’re now more important than in NCTE in my world), among them 

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.  (If I missed anyone, I’ll edit this post.)  How they could take phots and update their blogs, I have no idea, and my hats are off to them (both the ballcap and the crab hat). For me, the five days were a blur, and any memories I have are useless, so I’ll let the participants tell you what they saw and heard and loved.

You might notice that I’ve changed my journal title from “President-Elect” to “President.”  A year from last night, I’ll be in San Antonio drinking a cold one and toasting the end of the 2008 workshop (probably toasting to myself, as everybody has to hit the door flying to make flights).  In the interim, however, there is work to be done. The ALAN President is in charge of the whole workshop, from creating panels, to selecting the breakout sessions , to choosing the room layout, to securing AV, to designing the program cover.  It will be hectic, fun, taxing, bedlam, and there will be hundreds of emails flying back and forth.  I’m looking forward to it, and more importantly, I’m looking forward to see YOU there.  Yes, you.

ALAN 2008 will be in San Antonio.  The theme of the workshop is “Negotiations & Love Songs: The Literature of Young Adults.”  The form for submitting a proposal for a breakout session is available here.  Anyone can submit a proposal, and if you’re wondering, ‘hey, what a terrific workshop, how can I become a part of it?’ this is the best route to take. 

One caveat, though.  The theme was written to inspire thought, not to to encourage a slavish dedication to one idea.  There are many, many places you smart people can take this theme. We want to go there with you.