Launching the Writer’s Workshop
Grades 3-12

Virtual & Interactive Workshop – August 4, 2021 & On-Demand


A framework of lessons to help launch your writing year

Regardless of the curriculum model you’re currently using, this full-day virtual workshop provides you with a powerful framework of lessons that will help launch your writing year. Throughout the workshop, plot and plan your own instructional calendar as you learn about the priorities for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Then, by the end of the day, you will be ready to go with a personalized blueprint in hand!

Workshop details

Workshop Topics
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 20-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.

What other educators say

“Kristina’s energy is contagious! So much information that is insightful and productive to use in a REAL classroom setting. I’m so excited for next school year!”

Kristin Hoem

St. Paul’s Lutheran School
Fort Wayne, IN

“Everything was well planned out and organized. I gleaned a great deal on planning and launching a true Writer’s Workshop in my classroom next year.”

Amy Dickte

Glenn Raymond Middle School
Watseka, IL

“I was dreading the idea of sitting in front of a screen all day. The workshop was entertaining and clicked along at a nice pace. It was excellent!”

MaryEllen Tavernier

St. Joseph Catholic School
Bradenton, FL

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn continuing education credit

Receive a certificate reflecting 5.5 hours of professional development when you attend this workshop on August 4, 2021 or view all the videos within the On-Demand workshop.


Meet your guide

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant

After learning from Kristina, 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!

Book & online resources are free!

All workshop registrants will receive a FREE digital copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12. This popular resource is loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos and includes online access to downloadable forms and handouts. (A $24.99 value!)

Lifetime access to workshop “Secret Site”

Downloadable Lessons
Interactive Whiteboard Documents
Blackline Masters
PowerPoint Templates
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

Target audience

Teacher learning at a virtual Smekens workshop
6-12 ELA Teachers
Literacy Coaches
Literacy Coordinators
Title I Teachers / Directors
3-12 High-Ability Teachers
3-12 Administrators

Workshop pricing

August 4, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

$149 per person


Get Access for 90 Days

$149 per person

Groups of 10 or more, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 the workshop concludes, 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.
What is the workshop itinerary?
This one-day virtual & interactive 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! Attendees will receive access to the video recording of this workshop for 90 days after the event.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you have a change in plans and need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to Cancelations and a full refund may occur at any time prior to the workshop. Upon request, substitutions may also occur when the change is made in advance of the workshop.

Make a plan for teaching writing.