High School Writing Conference

The 2018 High School Writing Conference will be held on December 7. Registration is open and will close November 28.


The 3rd annual High School Writing Conference for grades 9-12 will be Friday, December 7th, in Glass Hall at Missouri State University. The conference begins in Plaster Student Union Theater with an opening session with mystery novelist Nancy Allen, JD. Students will also participate in two interactive writing working workshops. Allen’s latest book, co-authored with James Patterson, is a #1 New York Times best seller, and she is also the author of the Ozarks Mystery Series.


December 7, 2018


$50 per student – includes lunch, MSU notebook and pen, bag, and brochure. Teachers who bring four or more students attend for free and go home with classroom-ready plans for all the sessions.  

Can I come without my teacher? 

Although we encourage you to attend with your teacher and classmates, it is possible for you to attend alone.  Just indicate that you will be attending on your own on the registration form, and give us your email address so that information can be sent directly to you. You will get detailed information about parking and check-in on December 7. Parking passes are available in the registration form; it is an additional charge of $3. We have lots of volunteers to assist you. It's also Study Day on campus and no classes will be in session; it's a quiet day at MSU. 

2018 Schedule

Check-in: 8:15-8:45
Opening session with New York Times Best-Selling Novelist Nancy Allen in Plaster Student Union: 8:45-10:05
Session One: 10:25-11:40
Lunch in Blair Shannon: 11:40-12:40
Session Two: 12:50-2:05
Reflection and Dismissal: 2:05-2:15

What past participants said... 
"A perfect balance of fun, work, and inspiration." 
"I liked being on campus and sitting in classrooms." 
"I appreciated the open atmosphere and the freedom to write." 
"I loved the whole shebang!" 


The day begins in Plaster Student Union. Check-in will take place in the PSU theater, on the second floor of PSU, from 8:15 to 8:45. 

Parking by car or van on campus: If you paid online for a parking permit, you will receive a printable permit and a campus map by email. Place the permit on your dash and park in any yellow lot. Lot 22 on the south side of Grand is recommended. You will take the underpass and walk directly north to PSU.

You may also park in Bear Park North (43) and take the red or green shuttle. The red shuttle takes you to Carrington just south of PSU; the green shuttle drops you off on the north side of PSU. The third alternative is to park in Bear Park South (38) and take the red shuttle to Carrington.

Parent drop-off: Enter the campus on Bear Blvd (East Monroe) off of National. Take the first left on Florence and park in metered parking or wait and watch your student walk to PSU which will be to the right next to the bear statue. A volunteer will be waiting at the entrance to watch for and greet students. Parents may choose to stay on campus. Feel to use the hospitality room.

Bus parking: Buses do not need permits. Buses will enter campus at Bear Blvd (East Monroe) and drop-off students at the second left (MSU busway). Volunteers will be waiting at the drop-off point. Buses proceed to Lots 44, 51, or 52 for parking. Buses will pick up students at 2:30. Three buses, to be assigned, will park on Florence St. north of Bear Blvd. The others will park on Bear Blvd. headed east.


If you are planning on staying in Springfield overnight, there are a few nearby hotel options listed below. 

Hotel Vandivort

University Plaza Hotel 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 

Photo Likeness Release

Attendance at this conference grants Missouri State University (including, without limitation, the Center for Writing in College, Career, and Community, College of Arts and Letters, and Ozarks Writing Project) permission to use photos and written work from the conference in promotional features for the Writing Project or fundraising materials.

Contact Katie Stinnett at katiestinnett@missouristate.edu to opt out of appearing in photos or sharing student work. 

For parents: As parent/ legal guardian of a participant at the writing conference, I irrevocably consent to and authorize the use by Missouri State University, its officers and employees, ("University") of the his or her image, voice and/or likeness as follows: The University shall have the right to photograph, publish, re-publish, adapt, exhibit, perform, reproduce, edit, modify, make derivative works, distribute, display or otherwise use or reuse the participant's image, voice and/or likeness in connection with any product or service in all markets, media or technology now known or hereafter developed in University's products or services, as long as there is no intent to use the image, voice and/or likeness in a disparaging manner. University may exercise any of these rights itself or through any successors, transferees, licensees, distributors or other parties, commercial or nonprofit. The participant acknowledges receipt of good and valuable consideration in exchange for this Release, which may simply be the opportunity to represent the University in its promotional and advertising materials as described above.

Information for Teachers & Parents

  • December 7 is Study Day--no classes are scheduled.
  • Teachers will accompany students during the conference.
  • There is a morning and afternoon session for teachers and parents. Teachers and parents can participate in any of the student sessions.
  • Dress appropriately. We will do quite a bit of walking on campus.
  • A wifi password will be included in the teacher/parent folders.
  • You will receive student schedules the day of the conference in the parent/teacher folder.
  • Like the College of Arts and Letters Facebook page. Follow the OWP twitter @OzarksWP for updates on presenters and sessions. #writeyourstory
  • Share with your local PTA, Community Foundation, School District Foundation and ask them to Sponsor a Writer.  


For more information, contact Katie Stinnett at KatieStinnett@MissouriState.edu.


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