Youth Writing Conference

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Ozarks Writing Project (OWP) invites students in grades 5-8 to the Missouri State University campus for a day of writing. Some of the most talented teacher-writers in southwest Missouri will conduct sessions designed to inspire students to Make Your Statement, Write Your Story. Students will attend four sessions. Topic choices include bullet journaling, a positive social media presence, fractured fairy tales, postcards from Pluto, a writing marathon, and more. New this year—an opening keynote session and price reduction.


Friday, May 12, 2017
8:45 AM – 2:30 PM


Strong Hall, Missouri State University

Strong Hall is a beautiful four-story building, located just off Holland Avenue. It will comfortably hold all our classes, giving attendees the ability to mingle in one central location.

Students may be dropped off in the half-circle drive at the west doors of Strong Hall. From Grand Street, turn north on Holland Avenue. Take the second right following the entrance to the Bear Park South parking garage. (The O'Reilly Catholic Student Center is directly across the street.)

Bus parking is available in Lot 44, located north of the Bear Park North parking garage on Elm Street.

The closing session will be held in Plaster Student Union. Please dress appropriately for the walk across campus.

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Registration opens March 1.

The cost of registration is $40 per student. Teachers attend free.




Our presenters need your help! Sign on to assist in providing 600 enthusiastic and motivated middle schoolers have an amazing writing experience.

Volunteers are needed to do the following: 

  • Greet students with a smile.
  • Help students with activities.
  • Connect with students who do not have partners.
  • Give students encouraging feedback.
  • Escort students to restrooms.
  • Support presenters.
  • Assist with set-up and clean up. 

Check back soon for a link to the volunteer registration form.

Session descriptions will be posted early spring.