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9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge InviteWelcome to the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Whether you write every day or haven’t written in a long time, I am glad you are here!

If you’re participating in the individual Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you share your writing.  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, then head over to the Classroom Challenge, which Anna, Deb, Kathleen, and Tara are hosting this month.  (Please see Deb’s previous post.)

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year.

Each day you’ll find a section called “BE INSPIRED,” which will follow each day’s essential information. That section will include something like a link to someone’s slice of life story, a quote about writing, etc. Even if you’re back for your ninth challenge, please read through the essential information before checking out today’s writing inspiration.



Please use the SAME email/username information on all of your March comments.


  • Please include the permalink (aka: unique URL) to your post when you leave a comment. Click here and scroll to the “New to Slicing” section of the blog post. Once you arrive, you’ll find two visuals that illustrate an example and a non-example of a permalink.
    • If you link your slice of life story incorrectly today, you’ll receive a reply to your comment from Anna Gratz Cockerille, who is handling tech support this year, or one of the other co-authors.
  • We worked together to create some comment guidelines. We may, at any time, remove a comment from our blog if it is inappropriate. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting this month:
    • Self-Promotion: Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion. The links in the comment section of our Slice of Life Story Challenge are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives–not just whatever was on your blog that day.
    • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life Stories. Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later that day to leave at least three comments.
    • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: Copying and pasting a comment from one post to another, or leaving a message such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at…” This kind of comment is a form of spam.  We reserve the right to delete comments that fall into this category.

Thank you for appreciating and standing by our guidelines.

  • If you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation. I will monitor blog comments a few times today so I can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to submit your comment multiple if it doesn’t appear after you click “post comment.”
    • If you use the same username/email to log in when you leave your comment, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions? Contact Anna Gratz Cockerille at AnnaGCockerilleLiteracy{at}
  • If this is the first time you’re participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, please let us know that when you share your link as a comment.
  • If you have a Blogger blog, please make sure you’re using the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” option or removing the security layers to make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog posts.  Click here for more information about “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.”


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 fill out the participant data form, which went 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.” You’ll sign by leaving a comment certifying you wrote and linked daily, as well as commented on at least three other Slicers’ writing daily.)

  • In order to be in the running for a prize at the end of the month, you must leave the link to your slice of life story by 11:59 p.m. EST to be eligible for prizes.
    • Only links left before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will count when you’re signing-off on the participation pledge on April 1st.
  • The call for slices goes up at midnight EST. Everyone has the same 24-hour window to post, regardless of the time zone in which they live.
  • Please play fair and leave only one link each day.

Social Media:

  • We are using #sol16 on tweets about Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • NOTE: You must leave a link to your slice of life post on the daily calls for slice of life stories here at Two Writing Teachers to be eligible for a prize.


  • Should you have questions about getting started with this Challenge, please contact:
      • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to Beth, beth{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters N – S, please email questions to Dana, danamurphy143{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Stacey, stacey{at}


  • BE INSPIRED.Terje Äkke has been part of this community of writers for several years. Last year, on the first day of the SOLSC, she crafted “A game to get to know each other,” which was a great way for her to introduce herself to others in the community. Check out the post on her blog, Just for a Month, and then create one like it so we can get to know you better!
  • I have a Pinterest Board dedicated to images from the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Here’s a link to my Pinterest board so you can peruse it. Click on images that entice you. Perhaps something will help you find what it is you are to write about today.
SOLSC Images
SOLSC Images
  • Click here if you need topic ideas.
  • Finally, here’s a visual definition of a slice of life story:
Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.
Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.




Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

356 thoughts on “DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL16 Leave a comment

    • Natasha, you posted a breath-taking poem. I was unable to write a comment on your blog because it is restricted to “team members only.” The lines that touched me most were about your mother’s arthritis-riddled body and moments of joy at home.


    • I’m glad you didn’t flake on your first day of SOL! It’s my first day as well, and I barely know what I’m doing. But I know it is worth it–just like you do! Your list was great, and the small person making sounds from the other room made me chuckle. Your sense of humor shines through your writing! Good luck tomorrow, and I hope your day is easier!


    • Nina! I think I want you to be my new best friend!!! I have the same procrastination list, with the exception that my wrist hurts instead of my knee. This will be my first year also. I hope to stop procrastinating soon and post my first #SOL16!


  1. I tried to talk myself out of this year’s SOL, I really did. But I was reading, thinking, reflecting….and you called me….to where I need to be.
    sol16 Marching Through March Without the SOL Community?


    • I emphasize with being pushed out of your comfort zone (a newbie to blogging too). I love how a small moment of nature, like a bunny, brings you back to appreciating the present moment. I have had similar experiences time and time again during my many hiking and backpacking adventures.


    • Watching the snow outside my classroom window, I can’t help but think about the day I showed my students how to catch snowflakes on their tongues. The moment quickly escalated to spinning in circles while trying to catch snowflakes. It truly is a beautiful thing to be in the moment.


    • This is truly a beautiful depiction of the dance we play with our children. We have to just know what they need when and if we don’t, we have to silently take their disputes and anger because we know they are not well. Your writing was beautiful. You really made me feel like I was watching this exchange with your son.


  2. Posted early, linked late…and that is how I roll. This is my 6th year! I went back and checked my archives to see and yes, I posted for all 31 days for the past 5 years. It is a record I don’t want to break! So let March begin! Looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with “old” friends!


  3. This is my fifth year for the March SOLSC, which is incredible to me. There are such blessings received from being part of this community! I am so thankful to all who set it up, to all who keep it going each year (and each Tuesday), and to all who write! I have been in hibernation this winter but it is time to wake up. I started a series of “thankfulness” posts in November, intending to write each day of that month on that topic. I completed only 10 during that time, so for the next few days I am continuing my thankful posts.


    • I’m so sorry you are missing your pet. We lost our sweet Molly last May and the ache is still there, waiting to be triggered by a sight, a sound, a smell. I hope you find a new slicing buddy and that you enjoy this year as much as the others!


    • What a great tribute to your mom. My mom just turned 88 in November. She too went through a lot of things we can only imagine. This would be a great writing activity for my 7th graders – mom as a superhero – because that’s what they are!


    • I loved your story. It is a good reminder that how we see things as teachers is not always what is best for our students. We need to take their lead sometimes. My nickname use to be Ritabook. I was that friend!


    • I wrote a response to your piece this morning but I guess you have to have an account to reply because my response disappeared 😦 Your challenge challenge me as well! I want to know more about it and cheer you on along the way. I would love to give up sugar for a month. I have hear that it clears your mind and has other amazing advantages.


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