Online Workshop:
Launching the Writer's Workshop Grades 3-12

Online Workshop:
Launching the Writer's Workshop Grades 3-12

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A completion certificate is available for download at the end of the workshop,
but you do not have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
No completion certificates are awarded at the end of the workshop, but you have the flexibility to jump ahead in any video segment.
Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades 3-12 $140

Launching the Writer's Workshop: Grades 3-12 

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 jump-start my writing curriculum? How fast or slow should I move? Regardless of the writing model you're currently using, this online workshop provides participants with a powerful framework of lessons that can help launch their writing year. Throughout the workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to plot and plan their own instructional calendar for teaching writing during the first six weeks of school. At the end of the workshop, teachers will be ready to go with their personalized blueprints in hand!


  • 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.

When you complete the course, you'll 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.
  • Address common writer dependencies with procedural mini-lessons.
  • 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.

Top questions teachers ask about launching writing:

  • Which workshop procedures are essential for effective classroom management?
  • What physical spaces and places should I have within my classroom environment?
  • How do I motivate my writers to use class time productively?
  • How do I help my students develop more interesting writing topics?
  • How can I motivate students to go beyond "fixing their mistakes" during revision?
  • What are some proven methods for introducing students to the 6 Traits of Writing?
  • How do I effectively organize my students' writings in notebooks, binders, or folders?


What teachers say about this workshop

"I was so excited to watch Kristina's online workshop from the convenience of my own home and still feel like I was at a live conference. She was motivating, engaging, and I finished the workshop with a better understanding of how to go from launching the writer's workshop to developing a yearlong plan." Leslie Holder, teacher at Lawton Elementary School, Lawton ,MI

"This was what I wanted to see. I feel prepared and ready to jump in!" Kaitlyn Caskey, teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kettering, OH

"I absolutely love your products, and, in fact, my entire 4th grade team started on the first day of school with Kristina's personal post-it notes to plan 'launching the writing workshop,' and it was phenomenal! We now have students writing 3-5 paragraph essays in the writer workshop model! Thank you for fun, engaging lessons and mentor texts that are easy to implement and use!" Megan McAdams, teacher at Frances Slocum Elementary, Marion, IN

"I finally feel like I have a handle on how to approach writing. As a middle school history teacher who has to also do a period of writing, this has been invaluable. Loved it!" Huston Mathias, grade 8 US History & writing teacher at Ingersoll Middle School, Canton, IL

"Always inspiring! It never fails — I always come away with fresh ideas and the resources to put the ideas into action!" Samantha Walterman, master teacher at Winchester Village Elementary School, Indianapolis, IN

"I'm teaching writer's workshop with grades 3-6 and this will help me build & grow students' skills year after year PLUS get classroom teachers comfortable teaching 6+1 Traits in our building." Eileen Germek, writer's workshop instructor at Saint Michael School, Schererville, IN

"It is a great feeling to be given the tools to start Smekens at the start of a new school year! Awesome workshops! Best presentation I've been to in my 14 years of teaching!" Lacy Ehrman, teacher at New Berlin Elementary School, New Berlin, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The workshop can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, students have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

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?

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.

Can I earn graduate credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the Midwest Teachers Institute, educators who enroll in two eligible webAcademy workshops simultaneously can earn three hours of nationally-accredited graduate credit for just $375. Teaching Writing Skills All Year Long is the corresponding workshop for Launching the Writer's Workshop. (To earn graduate credit participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, for details, (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

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