WriterKey > How can I add a Writer's Workshop for purposes of peer review to an already existing assignment?

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Click on the title of the assignment to which you wish to add a peer review


Click "Edit"


Click "Insert Version or Writer's Workshop"

Click "Make this version a Writer's Workshop"

WriterKey does not permit a Writer's Workshop to be the last assignment in a WriterKey assignment sequence. You must create a final draft prior to inserting a Writer's Workshop.

If student papers have been submitted to a final draft, a Writer's Workshop cannot be added without these steps:

  1. Insert a new final draft; then insert a Writer's Workshop before that new draft.
  2. If you are not ready to define a final version, create one and do not activate it to students. Then insert your Writer's Workshop before the new final draft.


Choose options

  1. Choose Version Location. WriterKey does not permit a Writer's Workshop to be the last assignment in a WriterKey assignment sequence. See prior step for more information.
  2. Give your Writer's Workshop peer review draft a title.
  3. Write a description.
  4. Choose your class.
  5. Select a due date.
  6. Click Save Version when you're done selecting your options.


Complete your assignment

For more information, please go to the "Complete your assignment on the Assignment Sheet page" step of the help article How do I create an assignment?.


Click on "Writer's Workshop" to complete your Writer's Workshop options


Select the "Argument/analysis" response topics (up to six)

  1. Click the lock to prevent students from changing the topics. Note: Genre must be locked before you can lock the topics. Please read the help article How can I lock the assignment genre for a Writer's Workshop peer assignment? to see how to do this.
  2. Select topics for the reader to respond to by clicking in the box next to the topic. Selected topics will be the featured response areas that readers will be highlighting and commenting on as they read. To assist them as they respond to the writing, sentence starters appear in the comment box for the reader to explain their response. Both features are important to the task. Writers are able to have up to six areas for feedback.
  3. Writers can also add a custom topic.

Click Save Topics when you're ready.


Edit and select student "Summary Questions"

Summary questions are for the writer/student to solicit specific areas of general feedback about their writing. These questions should focus the reader feedback on areas they would notice after finishing the reading. Students are able to modify the content of any unlocked question.
  1. Edit the WriterKey pre-filled reflection questions if you wish.
  2. Uncheck the box to remove a question.
  3. Click the lock to prevent students from editing this question.

Click Save Writer's Workshop when you're done modifying your Writer's Workshop options.


Click "Done, return to Dashboard"


Click "Activate this assignment?" when you're ready to make the Writer's Workshop available to students