The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will hold its 21st annual Children’s Literature Conference on Friday, May 5. Jay Asher, award-winning author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “The Future of Us,” and “What Light,” will be joined by Suzanne Bloom, award-winning author and illustrator of “A Splendid Friend Indeed,” “Bear Can Dance,” and “No Place for a Pig,” as this year’s keynote speakers.
A variety of breakout sessions will be offered with topics designed specifically for writers, teachers, and librarians. The Conference offers ACT 48 and ACT 37 educational credits.
Topics and presenters include (full details are available here at http://www.library.pitt.edu/clc-session-descriptions):
- “Paws” to Read Challenge presented by Cyndi Gargan, librarian at Jefferson Elementary School;
- “Oh, the Place You’ll Go,” presented by Darius Phelps;
- The Business of Self-Publishing a Novel or Short Story, presented by Luke Fetkovich;
- Exploring Kate Dopirak’s Books, presented by Marcy Canterna and Kate Dopirak;
- Move & Groove with Books, presented by Dr. Sandra Reidmiller & Melissa Billingsley;
- Social Studies and ELA: A Perfect Partnership, presented by Jeff Kuntz, classroom teacher at Punxsutawney Area Middle School;
- The Art of Storytelling: Kamishibai, presented by Patty Graff, Extension educator of Westmoreland County Penn State Extension, and Diane Hendrick, director of Westmoreland County Community College Children’s Center;
- Reinvent Your Classroom Library!, presented by Danielle Henzler, director of the Curriculum Center at Duquesne University;
- Introducing the SCBWI Class of 2014-2017, presented by presented by Marcy Canterna & Kate Dopirak of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of SCBWI;
- Using Adult Learning Principles to Engage Children in a Writing Workshop, presented by Doug Rosensteel, author of the “Psi Fighter Academy Series.”
Registrations are still being accepted and details are available at www.library.pitt.edu/UPG-childrens-literature-conference. Conference fee is $80 with special rates of $60 for retirees and $30 for full-time students. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and book signing.