The next Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop will be April 2-4, 2020, on the campus of the University of Dayton, Erma Bombeck’s alma mater. In 2019, The Writer magazine named the workshop the best writing conference in Ohio and “THE conference for humor writers.”
The biennial workshop draws approximately 350 writers from around the country and typically sells out very quickly. The 2018 workshop sold out in less than five hours.
We are still shaping the program for next spring’s workshop, but here’s a look back at the incredible line-up of keynote speakers at the 2018 event:
• Liza Donnelly, award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, resident cartoonist for CBS News and author/editor of 18 books.
• Rita Davenport, award-winning TV host, bestselling author, inspirational humorist and entrepreneur.
• John Grogan, author of the international #1 bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, a memoir and numerous children’s books.
• Karen Walrond, bestselling author, photographer, coach and inspirational speaker who inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness, through the power of storytelling.
• Monica Piper, Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and stand-up comic who has written for sit-coms Roseanne, Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet, and was the head writer of the #1 children’s animated series Rugrats.
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, Gail Collins, Connie Schultz, Roy Blount Jr., Adriana Trigiani, Amy Ephron and Alan Zweibel.
The workshop begins on a Thursday evening and continues through Saturday evening, ending with an attendee stand-up show hosted by Wendy Liebman. It features more than 30 professional humor and human interest writers on the faculty, who will offer sessions on the craft of writing, turning an interest into a profession, marketing, publishing and more. We also offer 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.