Summer Writing Workshops

Summer Writing Workshops

Launching the Writer's Workshop (W1)
Many teachers have confessed that they struggle to get their writer’s workshop off the ground. What should I do the first weeks of school? What are key lessons to jumpstart my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you’re currently using, this full-day workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. Teachers walk out the door at the end of the workshop ready to go with their own blueprints in hand!
Indianapolis, IN
K-2 | July 12, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
3-12 | July 13, 2017
Chicago, IL
August 3, 2017
Merrillville, IN
August 1, 2017

Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long (W2)
After you’ve devised a plan to launch your writer’s workshop during the first weeks of school, the next step is to look ahead toward the rest of the year. This full-day workshop is designed to guide K-12 teachers through the planning of a yearlong writing curriculum, incorporating mini-lessons, literature, and assessment within a variety of writing units and genres. Kristina will provide lesson plan examples for multiple writing units, then she'll reveal her framework for developing writing units on your own.

Indianapolis, IN
July 14, 2017
Chicago, IL
August 4, 2017
Merrillville, IN
August 2, 2017
Book & CD are free!
Attendees receive a FREE copy of Launching the Writer’s Workshop, available for K-2 or grades 3-12. This popular resource is loaded with lesson plans, anchor papers, and classroom photos and includes a CD with downloadable forms and handouts. (A $20 value!)

What are teachers saying about the Back-to-School Literacy Conference?

“I’m excited about getting school started now!” M. Wood

“Everything was totally relevant, practical, & ready to implement. Exactly what teachers need!” S. Hollstegge

“I think the Smekens approach is highly effective.” C. Blake

Graduate Credit

Midwest Teachers Institute Graduate Credit

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, workshop attendees can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit. The cost of graduate credit is $300 for each 3-hour course.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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Attend one day:

$225 (Early Bird)  |  $250 (Standard)

Attend two days:
$425 (Early Bird) | $450 (Standard)

Attend three days:
$625 (Early Bird)  |  $650 (Standard)

Attend four days:
$800 (Early Bird) | $825 (Standard)

Attend five days:
$990 (Early Bird)  |  $1,015 (Standard)


Discounts available!

  • Register at least 15 days in advance and save!
  • Register for more than one day and save!
  • For teams of 3+: Save $6 per person
  • For teams of 10+: Contact our office for a 10% savings

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.

Illinois-Specific Credit

As an approved professional development subcontractor, Smekens Education is happy to provide all Illinois teachers with state-approved professional development credit for attending the Elk Grove Village, IL location of the Back-to-School Literacy Conference.