I will utilise this support to visit the US in April to witness how teen (and romance) programming intersect with public programming. Most YA related programming in Australia is part of a schools offer with teachers booking sessions but I am curious to observe what proves effective in drawing teens to public events outside of school influence.
But where will I be going?
Next up I'll be heading to Houston, Texas for the Texas Library Association annual conference. It is the largest statewide library professional conference in the US (7000 attendees in 2015), and as such is an invaluable opportunity to hear from a young adult service librarians and publishers from across the country.
And though I might be people-d out, there is one more stop on the YA train.,.
Overall, I expect to hear well over fifty young adult writers speak throughout my trip. This is invaluable with regards to the future programming at the Centre for Youth Literature, and our biennial Reading Matters festival. Previous visits have resulted in keynotes for the RM conference, whether hearing them speak firsthand or recommendations from new friends.
More importantly, seeing firsthand how these events are stretching the realms of teen programming, working collaboratively and developing audience is incredibly exciting. It is an amazing opportunity and the support is much appreciated. I am also looking forward to following my fellow recipients as they further their own professional practice. If you are Twitter inclined you can follow our adventures via #cityoflittravelfund..
Thank you to Melbourne City of Literature for making this possible!