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Roy Blount Jr.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! Read more about Roy.


Amy EphronAmy Ephron, best-selling novelist, journalist and contributing editor at Vogue. She’s known for her pitch-perfect tone and unerring eye as she often chronicles love stories against the backdrop of an historical or socio-political time or event. Read more about Amy.




Cindy Ratzlalff and Kathy KinneyKathy 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. Read more about Kathy and Cindy.


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


Staged Reading

At Wit's End illustrationThe humorous and poignant Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End is billed as “a look at one of our country’s most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, ‘If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?’” Twin sisters Allison and Margaret Engel wrote the script for the play, which received its world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Oct. 9-Nov. 8 as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. Barbara Chisholm, who most recently appeared in the Oscar-winning Boyhood, stars. Read more.


Workshop Faculty

Elaine AmbroseElaine Ambrose, founder of Mill Park Publishing and author or co-author of 10 books, including Midlife Cabernet: Love and Laughter After 50 and Menopause Sucks. Read more about Elaine.

Barreca-GinaGina Barreca, feminist scholar and author of nine books, including the soon-to-be-released If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times. Read more about Gina.

Tracy_BeckermanTracy Beckerman, nationally syndicated humor columnist and the author of two books, including Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs. Read more about Tracy.

Berk, NancyNancy Berk, radio personality, host of the celebrity podcast Whine At 9 and online entertainment columnist for Parade magazine. Her book College Bound and Gagged can be seen in the Tina Fey movie Admission. Read more about Nancy.

David BraughlerDavid Braughler, founder and CEO of Braughler Books. Read more about David.

Brown, Patricia WynnPatricia Wynn Brown, performer, producer and author of Hair-A-Baloo: The Revealing Comedy and Tragedy on Top of Your Head and Momma Culpa: One Mother Comes Clean and Makes her Maternal Confession. She has performed her humor-memoir Hair Theater shows nationally. Read more about Pat.

Judy_Carter_Blue_folded arms_edited-1Judy Carter, comedian, speaking coach and bestselling author of The Comedy Bible, The Message of You and The Message of You Journal: Finding Extraordinary Stories in an Ordinary Day. Read more about Judy.

Rachel Ekstrom Rachel Ekstrom Courage, literary agent at Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Read more about Rachel.


NickCourage_Photo Nick Courage, book marketer, author and co-founder of Littsburgh, Pittsburgh’s literary community. Read more about Nick.


Eckstut, ArielleArielle Eckstut, agent-at-large with Levine Greenberg Literary Agency in New York and the author of nine books, including The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Read more about Arielle.


Sorche Fairbank, 2Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank, literary agent at Fairbank Literary Representation, which she founded in 2002. Read more about Sorche.

RachelleGardner-LowRes-2013Rachelle Gardner, literary agent at Books & Such Literary Agency. Read more about Rachelle.

Katrina KittleKatrina Kittle, author of five novels, creative writing teacher and manuscript consultant. Read more about Katrina.


Brian_KlemsBrian A. Klems, online editor of Writer’s Digest and author of the popular parenting book, Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters. Read more about Brian 


Adair LaraAdair Lara, writer, teacher and author of 11 books, including Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay. Read more about Adair.

Jenny LawsonJenny Lawson (aka “The Bloggess”), author of two New York Times’ bestsellers, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. Read more about Jenny.

Anna LeflerAnna Lefler, humorist, comedy writer and author of two books, including her latest novel Preschooled. Read more about Anna.


wendy-liebmanWendy Liebman, stand-up comic who’s performed on Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, Ferguson and Hollywood Squares. She was a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent. Read more about Wendy.

joel2Joel Madison, sitcom writer for more than a dozen TV shows, including Roseanne and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Read more about Joel.


Cathryn MichonCathryn Michon, best-selling author, actress and Hollywood screenwriter and director who stars in and directs Muffin Top: A Love Story. Read more about Cathryn.


EdMiller 20Ed Miller, former Good Morning America television producer. Read more about Ed.


Shannon_Olson PhotoShannon Olson, director of creative writing at St. Cloud State University and author of two best-selling novels, Welcome to My Planet: Where English is Sometimes Spoken and Children of God Go Bowling. Read more about Shannon.


Susan Pohlman - retouchedSusan Pohlman, writing coach/instructor, freelance writer and author of the memoir, Halfway to Each Other. Read more about Susan.


Sharon ShortSharon Short, executive director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and author of a coming-of-age novel, My One Square Inch of Alaska, two mystery series and a collection of humorous essays. Read more about Sharon.

Sterry, David HenryDavid Henry Sterry, author of 15 books — from memoir to young adult fiction — actor and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Co-wrote The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Read more about David.

AlanZweibelAlan Zweibel, original Saturday Night Live writer, five-time Emmy award winner, Thurber Prize-winning novelist and Curb Your Enthusiasm contributing producer. Read more about Alan.

Reflections of Erma