I’m celebrating you showing up to share your writing this month!
I’m celebrating your willingness to dedicate a month of your life to being part of this online writing community!
I am celebrating the first day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Please fill out this year’s Participant Information Form if you haven’t completed it yet. Like last year, we’re asking participants to register and commit to this Challenge no later than 11:59 p.m. EST today. This form will close tomorrow morning, March 2nd. In keeping with the spirit of a month-long challenge, it is important to participate fully all thirty-one days.
We’ll be providing one tip a day, for the first half of the challenge, at the end of the announcements section. Also, you’ll find a section called “BE INSPIRED,” which will follow each day’s announcements. That section will include a link to someone’s slice of life story and/or a quote about writing.
A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year! Be sure to leave the words “I’m a first-year Slicer” somewhere in your comment for the next few days so longtime members of our writing community can welcome you.
The daily call for slice of life stories goes live at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (i.e., New York time) daily. Since we have participants on six continents, we consider the day over at midnight Eastern Time. Comments can close as early as 12:00 a.m. (the following day) since the post has been live for 24 hours. Often, the daily call for slice of life stories will stay open until the next morning since our co-author team is usually sleeping just after midnight (since most of us live in the Eastern Time Zone). If you are posting the link to your slice of life story after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, please go to the next day’s call for slice of life stories and leave your link there.
We will be continuing Multi-Lit Fridays this year so that participants are invited to blog in another language! The first Multi-Lit Friday is on March 4th.
Jessica Carey, of Where There’s Joy, often shares posts about her family and her students. You may find your slice of life story in the hallways of your school like Jess did when she wrote “Fresh Air” on a recent SOL Tuesday.
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 – F, please email questions to Amy Ellerman at ellermanamy[at]gmail.com.
- If your last name begins with the letters G – L, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at]gmail.com.
- If your last name begins with the letters M – Q, please email questions to Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore.work.
- If your last name begins with the letters R – U, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]gmail.com.
- If your last name begins with the letters V – Z, please email questions to Stacey Shubitz at stacey[at]staceyshubitz.com.
If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, which will take place next month, you may contact Kathleen Sokolowski at mrs.sokolowski[at]gmail.com.
Please note: We’re unable to respond to challenge-related questions via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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).