Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference
Indianapolis, IN

Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference
Indianapolis, IN

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - November 18-19, 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!
Kristi McCullough
Literacy Consultant
Kristina Smekens
President and Lead Consultant
Courtney Gordon
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.

Something for everyone

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. 


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 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

Early Bird Fee $???  |  Standard Fee $479

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 in the registration fee?

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

Letter to Your Administrator:
Download a template to share with your administrator the benefits of attending the 2019 Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference.

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.

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Smekens Education Writing Remix at Embassy Suites by Hilton

6089 Clarks Creek Road (by the airport)
Plainfield, IN 46168
(317) 839-1106

Discounted Room Rate: Double - $149/night
To secure discounted room rate, use this customized link and group code SME. 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.

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