Your handbook for teaching writing

Launching the Writer's Workshop

This best-selling resource is packed with everything you need to get your writer’s workshop off the ground. Starting with “The Launch,” the first 50 pages include techniques, procedures, methods, and strategies to use during the initial weeks of school. Part two shifts its focus to the rest of the year with over 50 explicit mini-lessons to target the most essential writing skills.

Available in two grade-specific versions.

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Kristina Smekens presenting Launching the Writer's Workshop

Learn at your own pace with this 5-hour on-demand workshop led by Kristina Smekens. Built with video footage from when Kristina delivered this workshop live, you’ll feel like you’re in the room with her dynamic presentation! At the end of the workshop, you will be ready to launch your writer’s workshop with your own personalized blueprints in hand.

A digital copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop is included!

Available in two grade-specific on-demand workshops.

Gain lifetime access to digital resources

Whether you buy the book or register for a workshop, you’ll get lifetime access to digital resources that will help you launch your writing year!


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!

What educators are saying

“This workshop gave me a concrete plan, helped me structure the first few weeks of the school year, and gave me a tool kit FULL of great ways to help my students.”

Megan Sears

Annapolis High School
Dearborn Heights, MI

“Loved the materials I received to go along with the videos. Having a plan to walk away and execute was HUGE for me!”

Andrea Simpson

Southport Middle School
Indianapolis, IN

Everything presented has been applicable to my kindergarten classroom, and I can already feel my confidence as a writing teacher growing!

Meredith Wolff

Camden Primary School
Camden, OH