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Welcome to the twenty-sixth day of the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!


Yesterday we announced two nomination prizes! First is the Commenter of Quality Prize. If you know someone in the community who consistently leaves meaningful or inspiring comments, then please nominate them by filling out this form. Your nominee will be eligible for a Commenter of Quality Prize. The winner will receive the following prize, generously donated by Amy Ludwig VanDerWater.

We also announced the Mentor Prize. If someone in the community has been inspiring as a slicing mentor, then please nominate them by filling out this form. Your nominee will be eligible to win an on-line meeting with Clare Landrigan, a Slice of Life community member who is a mentor to so many, as well as a copy of It’s All About the Books by Clare and Tammy Mulligan.

Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. on March 27, and we will announce a winner on March 29.


  • The Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge begins in April! Looking for a way to meaningfully connect your students with other students during this pandemic? Please check out Kathleen’s post here to learn about how.
  • If you have not had a chance to read our statements regarding what you can expect from Two Writing Teachers during the current global health crisis, we would like to invite you to read it here.
  • Also, please check out the COVID-19 page here and consider joining authors Melanie Meehan, Clare Landrigan, and a growing community of educators.


Anne Frank quote

With National Poetry Month right around the corner, perhaps you might want to try your hand at poetry? Long-time slicer Kevin Hodgson has been writing a short poem each day during this challenge. Check out his poetry and be inspired!


Need to contact a co-author with a question? Please email us rather than leaving your question within your comment (below). Thank you, in advance, for your patience with us. We receive a high volume of emails during the first few days of the challenge. We will respond to all emails as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the individual challenge, you may contact one of these co-authors.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A-G, please email questions to Lanny Ball at lanny.ball[at]  
  • If your last name begins with the letters H-M, please email questions to Kelsey Corter at kelseymcorter[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters N-Q, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters R-U, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters V-Z, please email questions to Beth Moore, beth[at]

If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, which will take place next month, you may contact one of these co-authors:

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – M,  please email questions to Marina Rodriguez, mrodriguez[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters N – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski[at]

Please note: We’re unable to respond to challenge-related questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Lanny Ball View All

For more than 27 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

211 thoughts on “DAY 26 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL20 Leave a comment

  1. Breaking a promise to myself, oh well…(Anne Frank said it best. Thank you, Lanny, for posting this quote. I needed it.)


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