Six Traits of Writing Online Workshop

Take the mystery out of writing

We all want to help our students become stronger writers. But the reality is, many students don't know what "good" writing looks like or how to achieve it. That's why teachers have leaned on the Six Traits of Writing for over 50 years. This simple framework organizes writing into six easy-to-understand categories.

Register for the Six-Traits Online Workshop to learn the foundational skills for teaching the Traits and build stronger writers in your own classroom.

Register Now



Learn the Framework

Gain a clear understanding of the Six Traits as a powerful framework for student writing.
Introduce the Traits

Provide students with consistent exposure to the Six Traits throughout the school year.
Build Stronger Writers

Help your students become stronger, more confident writers.

Register Now



$245 + Travel expenses


Which includes...

yes Over 5 hours of dynamic workshop content

yes 30 days of on-demand access to online workshop

yes Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources

yes Up to 5 hours of continuing education credit

yes An opportunity to earn up to 3 graduate-level units



"This workshop gave me the confidence and excitement to incorporate the 6 traits in my classroom. I am eager to begin!"
Julie Peters,
teacher at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Fort Wayne, IN

“Kristina just takes the guesswork out of everything to make it ALL make sense!”
Nicki King, teacher, Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH

“I now know where to start with my instruction. As a first year teacher, I needed the jumping-off point.”
Rachel Gish
teacher at Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

“The best, most helpful teacher-friendly workshop I have ever been to in my 32 years in education! Love everything Smekens!”
Dana Henley
teacher at Seymour Redding Elementary School, Seymour, IN

Register Now


Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

Online workshops secret site

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing 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. 
Can I get continuing education credits?

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level units for the Six Traits Introduction?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (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.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online 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 this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, 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 believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.