Children’s Literature New England is dedicated to promoting awareness of the significance of literature in children’s lives. The organization grew from a passionate conviction that books for children have integrity both as art and as literature. Its mission is to promote children’s literature and to give those who teach and create books for young readers the opportunity to reaffirm the value of their work.
CLNE Presents the 2016 Symposium
Passages of Hope
November 10-13 2016
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont
In the world of children’s literature an unquestioned belief has long been that art for the young should present a vision of hope. In 1818 Mrs. Sherwood showed virtue as a bulwark against eternal damnation. In 1865 Lewis Carroll celebrated the power of youthful imagination to counter the chaos created by adults. In 1952 E.B. White presented a vision of the cyclical and self-healing natural world. In 1978 Katherine Paterson gave us a child who scraped out her own hope in the face of adult weakness and neglect.
Today, with holes in the ozone and fractures in social institutions and in the very ground under our feet, how can we present hopeful narratives that are both authentic and rigorous? Where does the obligation to instill hope stand in the twenty-first century? In this conference you are invited to join writers and illustrators for the young in tackling questions of the nature of hope. Is it synonymous with optimism? With a happy ending? What is the responsibility of the artist? Does the belief still hold?
Participating presenters include:
Kwame Alexander • Pamela Muñoz Ryan • Gregory Maguire • Marilyn Nelson • Steve Sheinkin • Rebecca Stead • K.T. Horning • Liz Bicknell • MT Anderson • Chris Raschka • Susan Cooper • Deirdre Baker • Deb Taylor • Katherine Paterson • Sarah Ellis • Suzanne Fisher Staples • Robin Smith • Alison Bechdel • Barbara Scotto • Ashley Bryan • Nicole Griffin • Daryl Mark • Martha Walke
Gregory Maguire is a founding Co-director Emeritus of CLNE. From 1979-1986 he was co-director of The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. He is an honorary board member of The Examined Life. His works include Wicked and Egg & Spoon. Wicked: The Musical opened on Broadway in 2004 and is one of the ten longest-running plays in Broadway history. His most recent book is After Alice. His website is gregorymaguire.com.
Alison Bechdel is an award-winning cartoonist and graphic memoirist. She created the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. In 2006, her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic was published followed by Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama in 2012. Fun Home: The Musical is the winner of Five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Her website is dykestowatchoutfor.com
Mythic Journey 2017
The online course runs from January 7 to May 20, 2017 and the study tour to Greece is scheduled for April 13 to April 23, 2017.
Several $1,000 stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers K-12.