Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference
Columbus, OH

Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference
Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH - November 9-10, 2020

Take your writing instruction from good to great!

Attend the Writing Remix conference and join the thousands of teachers who have transformed their writing classrooms with simple and effective strategies from Smekens Education.

During the fourth annual “Best of Smekens” event, you get to hand-pick the sessions that would make the biggest impact on your writing instruction. With 30 sessions to choose from, you’re sure to find topics that will advance your writers with writing lessons that get results.
Smekens Education consultants Kristi McCullough and Kristina Smekens and Courtney Gordon
Literacy consultants Kristi McCullough, Kristina Smekens, & Courtney Gordon

Led by the dynamic trio of consultants from Smekens Education, the Writing Remix offers two days of engaging professional development that will equip you with tools to make this year your best yet!
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Literacy Consultant
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President and Lead Consultant
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Literacy Consultant

Bonus Items

  • Receive a binder containing full-color handouts from all 30 sessions.
  • Gain lifetime access to the conference "secret site." This password-protected website features hundreds of digital resources, including lessons, videos, photos, whiteboard documents, and more. (All 30 sessions are included!)
  • Enjoy complimentary breakfast & lunch each day.
  • Earn up to 11 hours of continuing education, plus the opportunity to earn 3 hours of graduate-level credit.

Relevant strategies for every educator

For veteran writing teachers:
  • Re-energize your writing instruction with a refresher on specific topics.
  • Pick a mix of sessions that will “fill in the gaps” of your writing training.
  • Learn classroom-tested strategies that are targeted for your specific grade range.
For new writing teachers:
  • Learn the Smekens strategies that have helped thousands of teachers transform their writing instruction from good to great.
  • Attend multiple sessions from the same topic strand to build a strong foundation on a single facet of writing.
  • Choose sessions that address your greatest challenges in teaching writing. 

Stock up on books and resources

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

What teachers say after attending Writing Remix:

“Practical strategies with resources to match. You all have professional development down to a science.” Ryan Asher, principal at Northside Elementary School, Versailles, KY

"This is by far one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. We drove 8.5 hours to be here, and it has been worth every minute & every mile! Thank you so much for giving us such wonderful ideas to help our students become amazing writers!" Tiffany Young, instructional coach at West Plains High School, West Plains, MO

"The presenters are so much fun to listen to. They are so engaging and knowledgeable about their craft!" Alexander Freshour, teacher at Concord South Elementary School, Elkhart, IN

"Provided strategies and practices that I can implement as soon as I get back to school. Most beneficial conference I have ever been to!" Cindy Gravely, teacher at Hagood Elementary School, Pickens, SC

"I can’t think of a single thing to change. 5 Star all the way!" Kristin Smith, teacher at Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV

"This conference is extremely informative about the simple skills and strategies that are necessary for successfully teaching students to decode prompts, infer, and write in such a way that it is appropriate for the task." Yasmin Mohamed, teacher at Salina Intermediate School, Dearborn, MI

“I’m an instructional coach in a building with 30+ teachers. It was nice to be able to pick session where I knew I could get ‘the biggest bang for my buck’ based on their goals & needs. The thoughtfulness put into each session is appreciated. Everything is always organized & easy to follow for future implementation.” Whitney Reinhart, instructional coach at Jackson Elementary School, Seymour, IN

“Best conference I’ve ever attended!” Kristi Parido, teacher at West Carrollton High School, Dayton, OH

Early Bird Fee $449  |  Standard Fee $489  
(Registration available soon.)

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. And your principal may attend for FREE! (Registration still required.)

What's included with my registration?

Beyond two days of dynamic instruction, attendees also receive a full-color binder of materials featuring handouts from all 30 sessions, private access to exclusive web resources, plus a continental breakfast and lunch each day.

NOTE: Lodging fees and tuition for graduate-level 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
  • MS & HS Content-Area Teachers

Conference Itinerary

7:00-8:00 a.m. — Check in & breakfast
8:00 a.m. — Workshop begins
11:55 a.m.-1:05 p.m. — Enjoy complimentary lunch
1:05 p.m. — Workshop resumes
3:30 p.m. — Workshop concludes

Cancellations & Substitutions

Cancellations occurring 10 days or more prior to the workshop will result in a refund, minus a $50 service fee. Cancellations occurring less than 10 days prior to the workshop do not qualify for any refund. Substitutions may occur at any time.

Crowne Plaza North-Worthington
Smekens Education Writing Remix at Crowne Plaza North-Worthington Columbus, OH

6500 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 885-1885

Discounted Room Rate:
Single/Double - $119/night
To secure discounted room rate, provide group name "SM1." Provide the group name "SM1" when you register online or call. Please make reservations at least 30 days in advance.
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.

Graduate-Level Units

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester units after attending the Writing Remix Conference. The cost of graduate-level units ($62 per unit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For more information, please contact us.


Free resource for teaching writing:
The Ultimate Guide to the Six Traits

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