Middle School Writing Conference

Join us for the conference on May 10, 2019. Registration is now open.

A special thanks to the Darr Family Foundation for helping to make this possible.

The Make Your Statement: Write Your Story Writing Contest is now open! Winners will be announced at the 2019 Middle School Writing Conference.


The Center for Writing in College, Career, and Community (CWCCC)  and the Ozarks Writing Project (OWP) invites students in grades 5-8 to the Missouri State University campus to the eleventh annual Middle School Writing Conference. Students will participate in two interactive writing workshops. Students will also participate in an opening session with Shaun Tomson who is a South African world champion surfer and author of the bestselling Surfer's Code - 12 Simple Lessons for Riding Through Life and the #1 Amazon teen bestseller: The Code - The Power of I Will.


Friday, May 10, 2019
8:45 AM – 2:30 PM


The day will begin with check-in and an opening session in the PSU Theater. Workshop sessions will be held in Strong Hall, 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.


This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Time Description
8:45-10:05 Large group session in PSU
10:25-11:40 Session 1
11:40-12:40 Lunch at Strong
12:50-2:05 Session 2
2:05-2:15 Dismissal

Information for Teachers & Parents

  • This year, there are two optional teacher/parent sessions in Strong Hall, 404. 

    • The Power of I Will: Learn how to convert the power of "I Will" into a life-changing mantra. Sometimes all you need to turn hope into action is to write your promises down and say them out loud- to make a promise to no one but yourself. -Shaun Tomson, South African World Champion surfer and author. 

    • Book Review Basics: Teachers/parents will learn how to help students get published by writing a high-quality book review using a standard format and tight writing style. -Cheri Jones & Marklyn Cotter, MSU

  • All workshops and lunch will be in Strong Hall. It is Study Day, no classes are scheduled and few students will be on campus.

  • Follow your district’s policy regarding the required number of teacher chaperones. You will not have to accompany your students all day long, there will be plenty of supervision; teachers generally check-in with their students at lunch time.

  • Wi-fi will be available to teachers.

  • On or before May 3, you will receive student schedules, parking and drop-off information, and all necessary information to have a productive day.

Parking, Drop-off and Pick-up

The day begins in Plaster Student Union (PSU). Check-in will take place at the entrance of the PSU theater, on the second floor of PSU, from 8:15 to 8:45. The theater is in the southwest corner of PSU. (People arriving from Bear Blvd enter the building on the second floor; people arriving from the Carrington shuttle stop enter the first floor and take the stairs to the second floor.) 

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 South (38) and take the red shuttle. The red shuttle takes you to Carrington, just south of PSU. Parking in this location is very close to Strong Hall where dismissal takes place. 

Please use the interactive parking map for further assistance. 

Parent drop-off and pick-up: 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 the PSU. A volunteer will be waiting at the entrance to greet students. Pick-up your student at 2:30 from the circle drive west of Strong Hall. 

Bus drop-off and parking: Buses will enter campus on Bear Blvd (East Monroe) and drop-off students at the second left (MSU busway, one block past the Florence St stop sign). Volunteers will be waiting at the drop-off point. Buses proceed to Lots 39, 44, 51, or 52 for parking. Lot 39 has been enlarged to accommodate a large number of buses. Buses can move to Parking Lot 20 on Holland St after 2 p.m. (buses parking there before 2:00 will be ticketed) to pick up students at the 2:30 p.m. dismissal time. 

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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 and fundraising for the Writing Project. 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.


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 


For more information about the event, contact Kara Holland at Holland003@live.missouristate.edu.
For questions about payment, contact Katie Stinnett at KatieStinnett@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-4174.