Writing & Thinking Conference

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The Heart of Learning

The Ozarks Writing Project leadership team is excited to invite teachers from all grade levels and content areas to MSU’s campus for the eighth Writing & Thinking Conference—a day of world-class literacy professional development. Our hope is that every teacher leaves energized with easy-to-implement ideas and literacy strategies that will improve student learning in any classroom.

Listen to Dr. Keri Franklin's preview of the spring 2017 conference 

This interview was recorded for the Missouri State Journal program on KSMU Radio.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM in PSU, third floor.


Plaster Student Union (Third Floor), Missouri State University

 "OWP has transformed the way that I teach writing. Before OWP, I didn't know that teaching writing could be so fun, that students could be so engaged, and that the results of my professional learning with the Writing Project would be so dramatic."

Laurie Buffington, Communication Arts, Laquey High School

Participants can expect the professional development (PD) event to:

  • Adhere to the National Writing Project’s core principles, the guideline of the National Council of Teachers of English for professional knowledge for the teaching of writing, and the vision of the Ozarks Writing Project.
  • Follow a framework to maximize participant involvement, allow time for processing and thinking and include opportunity for collaboration.
  • Include research-based strategies for presentation of content.
  • Be sensitive to the specific needs of adult learners.
  • Include the expectation of community accountability designed to summarize, make connections and/or create a plan of action or next steps.
  • Gather closure feedback from participants at every session to ensure the highest quality PD.




Amy E. Knowles, Conference Coordinator
Siceluff Hall 338
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Missouri State University
Session and presenter information will be available September 1.

University of Louisville
Kentucky Writing Project state conference occurs on September 29, 2017. Visit the Kentucky Writing Project's website for more details.


Resources from the Spring 2017 Writing & Thinking Conference

Blended Writing: The Writer as a Storyteller, Artist, Scientist, and Philosopher

Presented by Jaime Brown

Presentation Slides

Flight Lessons: Teaching Fledgling Writers to Soar

Presented by Terri McAvoy

Presentation Slides

Linking Literature to Social Action in the High School Classroom

Presented by Dr. Ellen Shelton

Presentation Slides
High School Poverty, Minority Enrollment

Silencing the Crickets: How to Tackle the Tough Stuff (Through Writing)

Presented by Tanya Hannaford & Amanda Wood

Presentation Slides
Psychopath Checklist
Psychopathic Heroism
Resources That Influenced Our Thinking
Freewriting Video
Train Dilemma Video

Using Online Resources to Develop STEM Literacy

Presented by Dr. Adam Harbaugh

Presentation Slides

What's Beyond the Five-Paragraph Theme?

Presented by Jean Wolph

Argumentation Planner: Model of Classic Oration
Argumentation Planner: Model of Rogerian Argument
Argumentation Planner: Model of Toulmin System
If You Teach or Write Five-Paragraph Essays—Stop It!
Moves Writers Make When They Organize an Argument
On Demand Writing Packet: Child Beauty Pageants
You Should Not Put Your Child in Beauty Pageants