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Join Our Writing Community!

The Slice of Life Story Challenge began on Two Writing Teachers in March 2008. The mission of this online challenge was to support teachers who wanted to write daily. The purpose was to create a community of teacher-writers who could better support the students they serve in writing workshops daily. On March 1st, we’ll host the Ninth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge.  In the weeks to come, we’ll provide you with information about prizes and the Fourth Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. For now, here’s some basic information to get you energized for our March writing challenge.

Click on the infographic to enlarge.
Click on the infographic to enlarge.

NEW TO SLICING? Read this: If you are tinkering with the idea of jumping into this writing challenge, but you’re unsure of whether or not it’s for you, then I hope you’ll join our writing community. Or perhaps you’ve arrived at this post after reading Kathleen’s post, “Should Educators Be Writers?” that she published yesterday. Either way, I’m glad you’re here! Whether you’re nervous about going public with your writing or aren’t sure you have something to say, then I’m here to tell you that it will take

It takes time to get really comfortable putting yourself out there, but if you can do it, then you can be a Writer. If you tell yourself you will shut down the voices in your head telling you that you’re not talented enough, then you can be a Writer. If you tell yourself you can positively impact the lives of your students by writing regularly, then you can be a Writer. It takes time and practice, but everyone can become a great Writer. (Note the capitalization on the word Writer.)

In an effort to help you get started with Slicing, Beth created an infographic. It contains basic information to help you get ready for the March Challenge.  If you have questions after you read it over, please contact me, Beth, Betsy, or Dana since we’re the co-authors who are hosting the individual challenge this year.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to Beth, beth [at] elizabethmoore.work.
  • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please e-mail questions to Betsy, betsymhubbard [at] gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters N – S, please e-mail questions to Dana, danamurphy143 [at] gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please e-mail questions to Stacey, stacey [at] staceyshubitz.com.

Please use a permalink (aka: unique URL) when you link your posts. To find this link, click on the title of your blog post. The permalink will appear in your browser. Copy that entire link so you can paste it into your comment when you leave a link to your slice of life story at TWT.

An example of a permalink:

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Click on the image to enlarge.

A non-example of a permalink:

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Click on the image to enlarge.

Leaving a new permalink every day will provide readers with a perpetual link to each of your blog posts. In addition, if you write and link your slice daily in March, you’ll be in the running for a prize. Your permalink serves as proof that you wrote daily.

Please join us for a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, February 16th from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. EST.  Most of us will be on-hand to answer your questions about the upcoming writing challenge.  Just tweet using the hashtag #sol16.

RETURNING SLICER?  Read here: If you’ve already participated in one of the previous March challenges, we hope you’ll return this year.  Consider inviting a friend, family member, or colleague to participate.  Remember: the person doesn’t have to teach writing workshop to be part of this challenge. The primary purpose of the Challenge is to foster a community of teachers who are Writers. That said, we’re open to people from all subject areas and in all stages of life (e.g., working, retired) participating in the SOLSC.

We’re in search of Seasoned Slicers to help us with the “Welcome Wagon.” If you can commit to commenting on several new Slicers’ blog posts every day in March, then please sign up to join the Welcome Wagonteam.

SOLSC on TWTFOR EVERYONE: Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You’ll be eligible for a prize if:

  1. You will out the participant data form, which will go live on February 21st.
  2. You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (3/1 – 3/31/16).
  3. You sign a Slice of Life Story Challenge Participation Pledge on April 1st.  (We’ll post the pledge and will ask you to “sign” by leaving a comment certifying that you wrote and linked daily, as well as commented on at least three other Slicers’ writing daily.)

Bottom Line: We are using the honor system.

This is where one can find their user name on WordPress. It's in the WP Admin, under My Profile. (Click on the image to enlarge.)
This is where one can find their username on WordPress. It’s in the WP Admin, under My Profile. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

Please use the same email/username information on all of your March comments. You don’t need to have a WordPress blog to sign-up for a WordPress username. However, having a WordPress username makes it easier and faster to post your comments when you visit TWT.

We are using the same comment guidelines as last year. If you haven’t read them, please review them before you do the March challenge.

The individual challenge is for educators at any stage in their career. We realize some of you might have a child or a student who you’d like to invite to do the challenge alongside you. If this is the case, then we invite your children or individual students to participate in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. As of this year, individuals under the age of 18 who are not part of a classroom community must have an adult sponsor to participate. As an adult sponsor, you will be the person who leaves the link to your child’s or student’s blog post, on their behalf, on the daily call for Classroom Slice of Life stories. Tara will discuss this change in further detail on Wednesday, January 27th in her Classroom Challenge overview post. Should you have questions about this new policy, please contact Beth, Betsy, Dana, or me (based on the letter of your last name, as specified above).

We’d be honored if you display the Slice of Life Story Challenge logo Betsy created in 2013 on your slice of life blog posts. If you’d like to download the button, right-click on it and select “save as.”

Finally, we know standardized testing is on the horizon for many of your students. We hope the timing of this test will not deter you from participating in this writing challenge.  Furthermore, it’s our hope you’ll be able to find solace in this writing community during what can be a rather stressful time.

9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge InviteAre you excited about the Ninth Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge?  Do you need some motivation to commit? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

30 thoughts on “Join Our Writing Community! Leave a comment

  1. This will be my second year participating in the writing challenge. Cut WAS SO gratifying to be able to blog consistently for the 30 days.

    It was the first time I had publicly shared my thoughts and challenges through a blogging experience. It left me so renewed and refreshed. It was a cleansing for me. I LOVE my TWT!

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  2. This will be my 6th year – and completed each year. I’m retired, but still writing a lot, and sometimes working with individual students on writing.
    It is always interesting to read the variety of posts in March – and the group has grown. Any idea of the numbers for each year?

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  3. Last year’s SOL March Challenge was my first. Participating in it lifted me out of depression from cancer and back into a new life filled with writing and a new community to belong to. Thank you Slice of Lifers!

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  4. So glad I took the plunge last year. Posting every day gave a big boost to my personal writing. Looking forward to participating again this year!

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  5. I’m getting excited to participate for my 3rd SOL challenge!! Perfect timing with this post as I’m home digging out of 18inches of snow (Arlington, VA got dumped on!) and will have time to email my staff to see who else might be interested in joining me this year!! Thanks for this challenge. It has transformed me as a Writer!!

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  6. Stacey, I am happy to be a help with the classroom slicers. I’m not sure if you have put out that call for volunteers yet. But if anyone needs help with setting up kids for blogging, give them my name. Thanks. I think this is year 5 for me!

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  7. I am so excited to be a returning slicer! Last year was my first SOL Challenge and I really was not sure I would complete it, but I did (so you can too!). I promised myself after March that I would slice regularly each Tuesday (and I think I have only missed two when I was away from wifi). I am also excited to have my third graders join the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge. I have already started dropping hints about the exciting challenge ahead. I have also started checking in with last year’s third graders to see if they were planning to join again and have seen the thumbs go up.
    That said, it will be a challenge to am again this year, publishing daily is not something that is easy for me, but count me in!

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