Information for Teachers & Parents

  • December 6 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.  


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. Volunteers will be waiting at the drop-off point. 

Bus Map


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 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.


For more information, contact Katie Stinnett at


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