2018 Bombeck workshop special presenter
Anna Lefler is a lifelong fangirl and devotee of Erma Bombeck. She discovered Erma’s books in sixth grade and has not stopped laughing — or marveling at Erma’s powerful comic gifts — since then. A three-time faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Anna is the author of the novel Preschooled as well as the humor book The Chicktionary: From A-Line To Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know. She was a staff writer on the Nickelodeon/NickMom show “Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor,” where she also appeared as a recurring guest comedian.
Anna did not dedicate herself to writing until she was in her mid-thirties and a full-time mother of two. Taking that leap changed her view of herself and opened up an entirely new chapter of her life — one for which she is forever grateful. In 2017, Anna approached her friends at the workshop about founding a program — one that would provide other emerging comedy writers with a meaningful step toward their own creative, life-changing experiences. From these conversations, “A Hotel Room of One’s Own” was born.