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2014 Workshop

workshop typewriterThe next Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop will be March 31-April 2, 2016, on the campus of the University of Dayton, Erma Bombeck’s alma mater. 

The Bombeck Workshop is the only one in the country devoted to both humor and human interest writing. Through the workshop, the University of Dayton and the Bombeck family honor one of America’s most celebrated storytellers and humorists.  Over the past decade, the workshop has attracted such household names as Dave Barry, Phil Donahue, Art Buchwald, Nancy Cartwright, Don Novello, Garrison Keillor, Gail Collins, Connie Schultz, Adriana Trigiani and Alan Zweibel.

The workshop typically begins on a Thursday evening and continues through Saturday evening, ending with an attendee stand-up show. It features more than two dozen professional humor and human interest writers on its faculty, offering sessions on the craft of writing, turning an interest into a profession, marketing, publishing and more. We also offer breakfast roundtables and plenty of other opportunities for comparing notes and networking. The atmosphere is very supportive to both new and established writers looking for the kind of inspiration Erma received from University of Dayton professor Brother Tom Price: “You can write!”

And you’re guaranteed to laugh. A lot.

The workshop draws approximately 350 writers from around the country and typically sells out very quickly, so don’t wait once registration opens. The 2014 workshop sold out in 12 hours.

The 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop featured an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, some of whom offered workshop sessions. The keynoters included:

Phil Donahue, legendary Emmy Award-winning talk show host.

• New York Times best-selling novelist Lisa Scottoline and writer-daughter, Francesca Serritella.

• Author Mary Lou Quinlan, marketing expert and writer of four books, most recently The God Box, Sharing My Mother’s Gift of Faith, Love and Letting Go, which became a New York Times’ bestseller in just three weeks.

• Author and comic Judy Carter, whose best seller The Comedy Bible was touted by Oprah Winfrey and described by the Washington Post as “the number one comedy essential of 2010.” Her 2013 book, The Message of You, teaches readers how to inspire others and advance their careers.

• Author and Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated writer and producer Bruce Ferber, whose sitcom credits include Home Improvement, Bosom Buddies, Growing Pains, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Coach. He’s the author of Elevating Overman: A Novel.

Read more about all of the workshop faculty and workshop sessions.

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