Student writers learn their power at Missouri State

The Write Now! High School Writing Conference at Missouri State University

Shaun Tomson explains his metaphorical “I Will” statement, “I will always paddle back out.”

Here are some quick photos of the high school writing conference hosted by the Missouri State Center for Writing in College, Career and Community. I took these just a few minutes ago during the 2019 Opening Session. World champion South African surfer Shaun Tomson spoke about the power of “I Will” statements, part of his Surfer’s Code, an empowering personal creed that he challenged each student in attendance to write and apply to their own lives.

A student in the audience shouts out his “I Will” code.

Near the end of the session, Tomson asked students to share their “I Will” statements via a texting poll and from their seats in the auditorium inside Plaster Student Union.

I attended the conference with these four fantastic students from my school. They each attended two different creative writing sessions. I am very proud of these girls for taking a chance and attending this conference to grow their writing skills.

I’ll be writing another post about this conference and the specific sessions offered in a future post. I’ll also write about getting to see some former students who met me for a quick photo and catch-up session in the aisle.

In the meantime, the conference is actually just getting started. After lunch, students will attend another session, and then we’ll head back home.


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