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2018 Workshop

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. And it’s a special one — our 10th. 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 2018 workshop, emceed by Patricia Wynn Brown, will feature an incredible line-up of keynote speakers:

Craig Ferguson host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for 10 years, author, comedian. He won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show Host for “Celebrity Name Game,” and can be heard nightly on The Craig Ferguson Show on SiriusXM.

Liza Donnelly, award-winning cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine, resident cartoonist for CBS News and author/editor of 18 books.

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.

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, 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.

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