Six Traits Online Workshop

"Totally changed the way I will teach writing. So helpful. Amazing!"
Susanne Borders, teacher at Saint Joseph Grade School, South Bend, IN



6-Traits Trait of Ideas
Trait of Ideas
Elaborate effectively on a single topic to convey a clear message.
6-Traits Trait of Organization
Trait of Organization
Reveal ideas within a logical order, including a beginning, middle, and end.
6-Traits Trait of Voice
Trait of Voice
Increase reader engagement with intentional writer feeling, attitude, and emotion.
6-Traits Trait of Word Choice
Trait of Word Choice
Use the right word in the right place to convey just the right meaning.
6-Traits Trait of Sentence Fluency
Trait of Sentence Fluency
Improve the readability of a piece with complete thoughts and sentence variety.
6-Traits Trait of Conventions
Trait of Conventions
Make writing more correct by following rules of spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.

The Six Traits of Writing are rooted in more than 20 years of research which shows that all “good” writing has six key ingredients—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. These key components make up the Six Traits writing model, which is simply a framework for teaching and assessing all types of writing at every stage of writing development.



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 Strong Writers

Help your students become stronger, more confident writers.




Workshop topics:

  • Answers to the questions “What are the Six Traits?” & “Where did they come from?”

  • Explanation of how to recognize the Six Traits in pictorial writing (K-1), intermediate writing (grades 2-5), and secondary writing (grades 6-12).

  • How the Six Traits unify your instruction of state and national standards and the expectations of state/national writing assessments.

  • Ways to introduce the trait language to students of all ages.

  • Numerous trait-based mini-lesson ideas to target common writing weaknesses.


After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Initiate an intentional Six-Traits introduction with your students.

  • Establish a common language and understanding of the traits for the rest of the school year.

  • Better articulate to your students what “good” writing looks and sounds like.

  • Recognize the Six Traits within your students’ writing.

  • Connect each lesson in your writing curriculum to a trait.

  • Teach students how to improve their writing in each of the trait areas.

Who benefits from this workshop?

  • K-6 Classroom Teachers
  • 6-12 Language Arts Teachers
  • K-12 High-Ability Teachers
  • ELL Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches/Coordinators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Title I Teachers/Directors
  • Principals & Assistant Principals
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Six Traits of Writing:
An Introduction

A clear framework
for student writing

Learn the Six Traits of Writing--a powerful tool that will help your students understand what qualifies as "good" writing.




$245 + Travel expenses


Which includes...

yes Over 5 hours of dynamic workshop content

yes 30 days of access to the online workshop

yes Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources

yes Up to 5 hours of continuing education credit

yes An opportunity to earn 3 hours of graduate credit



Earn a completion certificate but you can't jump ahead in any video segment.



No completion certificate earned but you can jump ahead within the workshop.



"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


When does the workshop start and finish?

When does the workshop start and finish?

The online workshop can begin at any time. Once you register, you have immediate access to the full workshop.

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 progress through the workshop. 

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.

Can I earn graduate credit?

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. Six Traits: Implementation Strategies is the corresponding workshop for Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction. (To earn graduate credit, participants must select the “Verified View” enrollment option.) Graduate credits offered through MTI are non-degree credits 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?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why the Six Traits of Writing online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are so convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach writing and improve your students’ writing that 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.

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