Writing Remix

Writing Remix

Smekens Education Writing Remix 2-Day Workshop
For more than a decade, Kristina Smekens and her consulting team of Courtney Gordon and Kristi McCullough have been sharing practical, best-practice methods for teaching writing.

Back by popular demand, Writing Remix includes the Smekens trio at a two-day conference featuring 25 unique breakout sessions that focus exclusively on writing strategies for K-12 teachers.

Whether you've attended previous workshops or are new to Smekens, this conference will allow you access to professional learning that will provide you with a launchpad for super-charging your writing instruction.
Smekens Education consultants Kristi McCullough and Kristina Smekens and Courtney Gordon
Smekens Education consultants Kristi McCullough, Kristina Smekens, and Courtney Gordon

Pick your mix

  • Choose from 25 unique breakout sessions!
  • Each day, immerse in a strand or pick your mix.

Make the investment

  • Receive a binder containing full-color handouts from every session.
  • Gain lifetime access to digital web resources, including lessons, videos, photos, whiteboard documents, and more.
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch.
  • Earn up to 11 hours of continuing education.

Something for everyone

For veteran writing teachers:
  • Re-energize your teaching with a refresher on specific writing topics.
  • Choose sessions that will "fill in the gaps" of your writing training.
  • Dive into topics that are targeted for your specific grade range.
For new writing teachers:
  • Atttend multiple sessions from the same topic strand in order to build a strong foundation in a single facet of writing instruction.
  • Choose sessions that address your greatest weaknesses in teaching writing.


Teachers always look forward to browsing through the wide selection of professional books, picture books, and other resources available on site from The Literacy Store. As always, attendees will enjoy a 15% discount on all in-stock titles. For an advance look at what The Literacy Store has to offer, visit www.TheLiteracyStore.com.


What are teachers saying about Smekens Education Writing Remix workshop?

“I would love our school district (all subjects) to be on board with this for consistency through grade level & across content.” Emily Hickok, teacher at Buckskin Elementary School, South Salem, OH

"You all are crazy organized and it's fantastic. Love the layout of the binder! I can hardly believe you gave all the handouts for all sessions on both days. You ROCK!" Lori Hacker-Tobolski teacher at Manor Hill Elementary School, Lombard, IL

"I brought a team of teachers, instructional coaches, and one principal. K-12 levels. I hope to send another group the next year or whenever Remix is offered again." Linda L. Black, Director Elementary Teaching and Learning, Boone County Schools, Florence, KY

"Great presenters and very organized. Love all the supplies provided and the fabulous notebook full of amazing ideas!" Laura Cornett teacher at University Park Elementary, Dallas, TX

"Actually, we were super impressed with how everyone started and ended on the dot. This conference was well organized, based on research, and provided many materials and lessons for my actual classroom." Kim Davidson, teacher at Churchill Center & School, Town & Country, MO

“Huge bonus was providing participants with ALL the resources. This took the stress out of choosing the ‘right’ sessions because you could pre-look and still learn even if you didn’t attend the session.” Angie Garber, teacher at Wilson Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH

$449 (Register by Oct. 1)  |  $479 (After Oct. 1)  


October 29-30, 2018

November 1-2, 2018

November 6-7, 2018

November 13-14, 2018


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person.
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings.

What's included in the registration fee?

Beyond two days of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full color packet of materials featuring handouts from all 25 sessions, private access to exclusive web resources, plus a continental breakfast and lunch each day.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate credit are not included with registration.

Who attends Writing Remix?

  • K-6 General Education Teachers
  • K-12 Special Education Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
  • 6-12 Language Arts Teachers
  • ELL Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • Gifted and Talented Teachers
  • Principals & Assistant Principals

Professional Growth Credits

Certified educators can earn professional growth credits for attending a Smekens Education workshop. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of participation for 5.5 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page to learn more.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending this workshop in Illinois.

Graduate Credit


For an additional fee, attendees may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partner, Colorado State University-Pueblo. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$375

  • Attendance at both days of the Writing Remix, plus additional coursework related to the workshop, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide teachers with an official transcript.
  • Calumet College is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. MTI courses through CSU-Pueblo are accepted in all 50 states.

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