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SOLSC ButtonWelcome to Day 4 of the 9th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! I’m delighted you’re back today. How’s it going so far?

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, please head over to the Classroom Challenge, (i.e., see Deb’s previous post).

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers! Let us know who you are when you leave the link to your post.



I track comments I leave daily so I make sure to visit as many blogs as possible. I'll transfer these lists into the spreadsheet once it comes out on 3/6.
I track comments I leave daily so I make sure to visit as many blogs as possible. I’ll transfer these lists into the spreadsheet once it comes out on 3/6.

The Slice of Life Story Challenge isn’t only about writing; it is about relationships. I find that whenever I visit more blogs, I strengthen my relationships with existing Slicers and start building relationships with new ones.

Want to have more conversation? Consider the following:
  • Make sure your blog settings are configured to allow comments.
  • Make sure your blog is not password protected.
  • If you’re leaving comments as a “No Reply Blogger,” consider changing your settings to allow the blog owner to respond to you.

I want to take a moment to thank the amazing volunteers who make up our “Welcome Wagon.” They have been working tirelessly to comment on new Slicers’ blogs as quickly as Betsy, Kathleen, and Tara have been assigning them. Many thanks to Adrienne Gillespie, Aileen Hower, Barbara Keene, Barbara Suter, Becky Leff, Beth Scanlon, Bev Baird, Bob Hamera, Brittany Butler, Carol Wilcox, Carrie C., Chris Margocs, Chris Rayner, Donna Smith, Elisa Waingort, Erika Calhoun, Erika Victor, Fran McVeigh, Joanne Toft, Jone, Julie Johnson, Julieanne Harmatz, Kathleen Britto, Kim Koehler, Kristi Lonheim, Laura Brown, Laura Lee, Leigh Anne Eck, Linda Baie, Lori Sheroan, Maria T. DeHaan, Maya Woodall, Michelle Haseltine, Mindi Rench, Molly Hogan, Robin Sheldon, Rose Cappelli, Sally Donnelly, and Shelly Surridge for all that you’re doing to welcome new writers into this writing community.



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 re-post your comment 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.Lori Sheroan of Galley Street wrote a poem about a lost glove she noticed on her way to the park. It’s amazing how someone’s missing glove not only caught Lori’s attention, but helped her find something to write about. Be on the lookout for a lost item today and see if it can inspire to you write.
  • 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 has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

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).

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