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2016 Workshop

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The next Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop will be April 5-7, 2018, on the campus of the University of Dayton, Erma Bombeck’s alma mater. Online registration begins at noon (EST) Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

The workshop draws approximately 350 writers from around the country and typically sells out very quickly, so don’t wait once registration opens. The 2016 workshop sold out in less than six hours.

The 2016 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop featured a special staged reading of a new one-woman play, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, starring Barbara Chisholm, and an exciting lineup of keynote speakers:

Roy Blount Jr., humorist and social critic. A master storyteller and prolific writer, Blount has written two dozen books and is a familiar voice on NPR’s Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Amy Ephron, bestselling novelist, journalist and contributing editor at Vogue. 

Kathy Kinney (known for her iconic role as “Mimi” on The Drew Carey Show) and Cindy Ratzlaff (marketing guru behind The South Beach Diet). The longtime friends are the creative force behind the Queen of Your Life book series, calendar and blog.

Leighann Lord, stand-up comedian, actress, commentator and author who’s known as “the Urban Erma.”

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

workshop typewriterThe 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 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.

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