Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12

    August 2, 2023

    9:00 a.m. ET

    A framework of lessons to help launch your writing year

    The first weeks of school can make or break your plans for leading an effective writer’s workshop.

    That’s why it’s so important to start the year with a proven game plan for building better writers in grades 3-12.


    Participate from the comfort of your home or school.


    Get live feedback and support during the workshop.


    Earn 5.5 hours of continuing education credit.


    Learn the pillars of an effective writer’s workshop.


    Build your own instructional calendar.


    Walk away with the first six weeks already planned.


    What you’ll learn during this workshop:

    Understand the four phases of the workshop launch.

    Learn classroom-tested routines and procedures to establish the writing environment.

    Set the tone that writing occurs daily.
    Receive organizational ideas for writers’ notebooks.
    Learn day-by-day strategies to introduce the 6 Traits of Writing so teachers and students are using a common language.
    Balance free-choice writing topics with teacher-assigned topics.
    Receive ready-to-go lessons with supporting resources, activity pages, and authentic student writing samples.

    After participating in the workshop, you will be able to:

    Kick off the school year with a 30-day “game plan” for teaching writing.

    Establish routines to effectively manage a writer’s workshop.
    Implement a writer’s notebook in the classroom.
    Lead efficient and effective writing conferences with students.
    Develop a classroom writing rubric that students can use and understand.
    Transition from procedural lessons into the first writing unit.

    This virtual workshop is perfect for:

    • Grades 3-12 Teachers
    • Literacy Coaches
    • Literacy Coordinators
    • Title I Teachers/Directors
    • ELL Teachers
    • High-Ability Teachers
    • Administrators


    Your registration includes access to this virtual & interactive workshop on August 2, 2023, plus these great benefits:

    Digital Launch Book

    Receive a digital copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12, loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos.

    Recordings from Every Session

    Your learning won’t stop once the workshop is over with on-demand access to the recordings of every session for one full year!

    Lifetime Access to the “Secret Site”

    Your workshop registration includes lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources on our members-only Access site.

    Blackline Masters

    Anchor Papers

    Google Docs
    Downloadable Lessons

    Graphic Organizers


    Photos, Videos, and More!



    August 2, 2023

    All times listed are Eastern Time

    9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome & overview

    9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Session 1

    10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 2

    11:15 a.m. – Noon – Session 3

    12:45 – 1:00 p.m. – Mid-day recap

    1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Session 4

    2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Session 5

    3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Session 6

    4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Wrap-up


    Have you ever attended PD and wished you could raise your hand to ask a question during the presentation?

    That’s exactly what you can do when you attend our virtual & interactive workshops! We pre-record the sessions to offer you live, in-the-moment feedback throughout the entire workshop. A rare opportunity to communicate directly with the presenter and collaborate with other attendees!

    Best of all, the chat log is included with your yearlong access to the workshop recordings!

    “I liked that the information was pre-recorded so that Kristina could be live in the chat.”

    Leah Durham

    Grade 4 Teacher, Parker Elementary School – New Castle, IN

    “Kristina was fantastic! I learned new and exciting strategies to improve student writing.”

    Jenae McKnight

    Instructional Coach, Lake Ridge New Tech Schools – Gary, IN

    "I can use this PD information in my classroom, right from the start.”

    Patricia Nagle

    Grade 7 Teacher, Ockerman Middle School, Florence, KY

    “Oh. My. Goodness. Kristina is an amazing and entertaining presenter!"

    Staci Rooze

    Teacher, Wea Ridge Middle School – Lafayette, IN

    Pricing & Group Rates




    1 Registration


    Groups of 2-14


    Groups of 15+

    Custom pricing available

    Includes access to the recordings for one full year.

    Earn Completion Certificate

    Earn Continuing Education Credit

    Receive a certificate for each session that you complete, totaling 5.5 hours of professional development.
    Earn Completion Certificate

    Earn Illinois PD Credit!

    Thanks to a partnership with the IL ASCD, all Illinois teachers who attend this event on June 2 or August 4 are eligible to earn state-approved continuing education credit for 5.5 hours of training.


    Kristina Smekens

    After learning from Kristina Smekens, you’ll feel excited and ready to apply new ideas in your own classroom. This is because she has a gift for making the complex seem simple. You will learn how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical classroom-tested strategies that get results!


    What is the workshop itinerary?

    This one-day virtual & interactive workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. EDT and conclude at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The day will include a 45-minute lunch break.

    Will this workshop be recorded?

    Yes! After the event, attendees will receive access to the video recording of this workshop for one full year.

    Do you offer a group discount?

    Yes! For groups of 15 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

    Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

    With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for 5.5 hours of professional development for participating in this virtual workshop. After viewing each session, attendees will be awarded a Certificate of Participation, which can be used to verify attendance. Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.

    Can I earn 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 credits/units after this virtual event. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit/unit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.

    Can I share access with my colleagues?

    Sorry, sharing your personalized link to watch the workshop is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

    What if I'm unhappy with the workshop?

    Every Smekens workshop comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach, so we stand behind our workshops with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your workshop access, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Cancellations may occur at any time and a full refund, minus up to 5% transaction fees, will be paid.

    Substitutions may occur at any time. If you need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to


    July 31st – August 4th

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