Registration Info

Upper_Lake_2Register Here at Our Secure Eventbrite Page (rates go up Aug. 15)

When to Plan to Arrive & Depart

The conference officially begins at dinner (6 p.m.) Fri., Sept. 19 and ends after lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 21. We will be set up to check you in all day Fri., and if you plan to arrive early enough for lunch, please let us know. If you plan to come for pre-conference workshops, and you're coming a distanct, you can arrive Thurs., Sept. 18. We will be here ready to check you in at 3 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 18. If you are flying, Kansas City International airport is 35 minutes away (shuttle and car rental information below). If you plan to join us for pre-con. workshops and arrive on Thurs., you can plan to land anytime Thurs. If you plan to arrive Fri., plan to land before 5 p.m. if possible. For leaving Sun., you can plan on flights 2 p.m. or later. It is possible to stay at the camp an additional night if need be.Please contact Deb Hensley, TLAN Coordinator at  if you would like to reserve a room for Sunday night. 

How to Register

You can register with ease for the conference, pre-conference workshops, lodging and meals, and/or just meals at our secure Eventbrite site. There is a small fee — a 1.5% charge — for online registration (the full charge is 3%, but we're splitting it with you). If you would prefer to register by mail, please email Deb Hensley at or 207-382-6317, our coordinator, to make arrangements (she can calculate your registration costs and sign you up; you can then send a check). We have additional information below and on the registration page.


The conference rate is $220 for members/ $240 for non-members. This fee includes the whole conference from Fri. evening through Sun. morning. Lodging and meals are additional costs. Rates go up Aug. 15 to $250 for members/ $280 for non-members. For scholarship and work-study information, please click here.

Lodging: At Camp DoniphanFancy_Cabin

The lodging package for this event covers Friday and Saturday night as well as provided refreshments (coffee, tea, snacks, etc) through the day.  If you plan to attend pre-conference workshops, we also have lodging available Thursday. If you would like to stay an extra night on Sunday, that option can be arranged for separately. Lodging and meal packages range from $120 – $180 (includes two night's lodging and six meals).

When you go to the registration menu you will see a  variety of lodging and meal packages including options for shared rooms in the lovely Main Lodge (private rooms are sold out in the main lodge), or private or shared occupancy in Lake Donaphin's tidy, Rustic Cabins complete with bunk beds, linens and air conditioning.

Conference options A,B,C &D, include 2 nights lodging and all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.  Pre-Conference Options A,B,C & D, include 1 night of lodging and all meals Thursday dinner through Friday lunch. Take a look through these options to determine which one will best meet your need. We think there's something for everyone! You can also visit the Lake Donaphin website for a peek at the rooms and cabins.

Choosing to have a shared room is a great way to get to know folks and save some money. If you are planning to commute to the conference, you need not pay for Lodging. 

We are also reserving a block of rooms in serveral nearby hotels. For more information about this please don't hesitate to contact the  TLAN Coordinator. 

CAMPING: If you wish to camp (bringing your own tent), you can do so. The full weekend rate is $80 (two nights of camping and six meals). You can find this option on our registration site.

Lodging: Off-Site

In addition to lodging at the camp, there are other lodging options: We have a block of rooms reserved in nearby Kearney, MO at the Super 8 Motel: 1-866-460-7456, and the Terrace Ave. Inn (816) 792-0418 in nearby Liberty, MO. Both are about 10-12 miles away from Excelsior Springs, and you will need your own transportation. Be sure to mention that you are with the Transformative Language Arts Network Power of Words Conference. We also recommend the Elms Hotel and Spa, which often has rooms on and other sites for $144 on up. Again, Excelsior Springs is 3 miles away, and you will need your own transportation. If you are staying off-site, you are responsible for your own reservations and transportation.


Paying for meals means you get Friday dinner, all meals Saturday, and Sunday breakfast and lunch at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center. When you register you can let the kitchen know if you have dietary needs and they will do their best to accommodate them (by dropping Deb a line at However, if they cannot, or if you'd like to bring your own food for dietary reasons, you do not need to purchase the meal package.  Commuters can select to have meals provided for them at the venue by selecting "Commuter Meals." (Registration  for this option will open in early 2014). Pre-conference meals begin with dinner Thursday and include breakfast and lunch on Friday. Meal packages (no lodging) are $78 for the conference (six meals), and $39 for the pre-conference (three meals, with the option for lunch only on Thurs. for a lower price).


There are two "types" of events that you can register for: Pre-Conference workshops, or the Conference itself. Pre-Conference workshops are on Friday and you can register for each of them separately.  The Conference itself runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. There are different rates for each event depending on whether or not you are a Member of the Network, with Membership giving you up to a 20% discount on full registration. If you would like to become a Member or renew you membership you can do that here or on our registration page.

For Pre-Conference

If you plan to come Thurs. night for the pre-conference special event — free! — a reading of five state poets laureate (Wyatt Townley, William Trowbridge, Denise Low, Walter Bargen and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg) and enjoy some pre-conference workshops, you can book your pre-conference reservations now. You can also book these reservations later once workshop descriptions are available. Pre-conference workshops cost $35/each, with a special deal of $90 for three workshops. Lodging and meal options range from $60-$90 (one night's lodging and three meals, Thurs. dinner through Fri. lunch).

Upper_LakeGetting To the Conference

Flying in: We will be sharing information soon on shuttle service and rental car discounts from Kansas City International Airport. We also will set up communications for people flying in to coordinate car rental and shuttle service.

Driving in: We will contact you late summer to ask if you're interested in offering anyone a ride or if you need a ride so that people can coordinate carpooling. Directions to camp here.

Train or Bus: The Greyhound station and the Amtrak station is in downtown Kansas City. You can arrange to take a taxi. More information forthcoming.

Register Here at Our Secure Eventbrite Page

If you would prefer to register by mail, please email Deb Hensley at or 207-382-6317, our coordinator, to make arrangements (she can calculate your registration costs and sign you up; you can then send a check).