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Seeking Great Teachers
Who Inspire Great Writing

We’re seeking top-notch faculty and session ideas for the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

Deadline for proposals is April 10, 2017, with prospective faculty notified by June 15 if their sessions have been selected. To submit a proposal, click on Call for Faculty Proposals, fill out the form and email it to

The vast majority of writers surveyed after the 2016 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop told us they loved it, but a number said they’d appreciate a greater focus on the craft of writing. They appreciated the addition of tracks for beginners and more established writers. Others requested tips on how to navigate the myriad ways available to publish and market your writing today.

Among the hundreds of helpful write-in survey comments: “My favorite sessions were the ones where we wrote and shared. I’d love more writing,” one said.

“I’ll bet more people attend to learn more about publishing their work than anything else,” another writer observed.

Attendees want to learn from high-quality, experienced faculty. “The quality of the speakers was fantastic. Continue bringing in the ‘big guns.’ Saturday Night Live writers, screenwriters, comedy writers — loved it,” one wrote.

Many writers praised the workshop’s ambiance. We are committed to maintaining the workshop’s supportive atmosphere for writers from all levels of experience.

“I left inspired, uplifted, much more knowledgeable about writing and life, and spiritually enriched,” one told us. “The organizers set the tone of affirmation, support, intelligence, laughter and talent. The weekend was Ermafied in bringing us together as writing kindred spirits,” wrote another.

“I’ve been to other conferences that were overwhelming (too much going on, no time to absorb) and/or discouraging, with “experts” in the field who repeatedly tell you the chances of being successful are slim to none. EBWW was fun, encouraging and empowering (and, of course, hilarious). I left feeling that ‘I can write.’

If you’re an established writer and teacher with an enthusiasm for helping others become stronger writers, we’d love to hear from you. The next Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop will be held April 5-7, 2018, at the University of Dayton, Erma’s alma mater. It’s the only workshop in the country devoted to the craft of humor and human interest writing.

— Teri Rizvi

Teri Rizvi is the founder of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, where she serves as executive director of strategic communications.

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