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Ride ’em, cowgirl

Brown, Patricia Wynn(Editor’s Note: At the 2016 EBWW emcee Patricia Wynn Brown regaled the audience with some amusing stories attendees shared about how they registered within the first six hours before the workshop sold out. For more registration sagas, click here.)

Some of you went to extreme measures to be able to get your registration in under the wire to be here.

We appreciate your zeal, valor, creativity — and the fallout within some of your families because of your single-minded determined focus to be here today.

For example:

Gianetta Palmer had no power, no Internet and no front door most of the day. She had to outsource the registration process to someone else.

Janet Sheppard Kelleher was out hunting and had to leave her tree stand for lack of Internet service in the South Carolina Low Country and high tale it to a restaurant with WiFi. Didn’t we all? (We’re sorry that Janet’s surgery prevented her from joining us.)

Jane C. Rosen’s aging dogs are still mad at her for speedwalking them in the morning so she could register West coast time.

Samara Rose traded her firstborn child for a registration.

Anne Parris scheduled having her dog fixed around her need to get in right away on the conference site to register.

Janie Emaus nearly bit her dear old mother’s head off when mother dared to call her at registration time…merely to say hello.

The best: Stacey Hatton registered for the conference while in stirrups — for her annual pap exam. I say, Ride ’em, cowgirl.

We thank all of you for your heroic efforts in being part of our magnificent group of people this weekend.

— Patricia Wynn Brown

Patricia Wynn Brown is a performer, producer and author of two books, 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 across the U.S. She is a featured humorist in a PBS documentary, A Legacy of Laughter, about the life and work of Erma Bombeck. She also is a three-time winner of the James Thurber Summer Writing Contest. She served as emcee at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Leave me alone

I Just Want to Be AloneI Just Want to Be Alone (the second volume in the best-selling I Just Want to Pee Alone series) is a compilation of hilarious essays about the men in our lives. Stacey Hatton of Nurse Mommy Laughs, Kim Bongiorno of Let Me Start By Saying, Nicole Leigh Shaw of Ninja Mom Blog and Michelle Newman of You’re My Favorite Today are a few of the co-authors attending Erma 2014 workshop.

Previews of coming contractions

A new humor anthology, My Funny Major Medical, promises to be therapeutic. Laughter, after all, is the best medicine.

Stacey Hatton, who blogs at Nurse Mommy Laughs, says this collection of hilarious medical experiences is “not a gift for your young grandchildren, but perfect for anyone sedated and strapped to a hospital bed.”

Other EBWW contributors to the anthology include Lisa Tognola, Barb Best and Dawn Weber.

The book features humorous essays by columnists, comedians, authors, TV writers “and people with unauthorized access to hospital files,” according to the book’s description. “This inexpensive, pocket-sized book is a time-released ‘get well card’ for the ailing and afflicted, an inside chuckle for medical professionals, and a collection of healing fun for those who aren’t under care at the moment.”

Some sample chapter headings: “My Hysterical-Ectomy” and “Previews of Coming Contractions.”

My Funny Major Medical is available in paperback and for the Kindle from

Every mother’s anthem

Blogger Stacey Hatton is a contributing author in a new humorous anthology. I Just Want to Pee Alone is billed as a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most “kick ass mom bloggers on the web.”

Woodstock of humor

For three days, we laughed. OK, howled.

We left renewed, inspired, motivated.

Fresh from the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, some of the 350 attendees and faculty tapped out humorous and, often, heartfelt columns and blogs. Here’s a sampling:

“Postcards From the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop” from Yuliya Patsay of the  She Suggests blog

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop 2012: Will Somebody Please Remove the Ferret from my Toe?” by Dave Fox, author of Getting Lost: Mishaps of An Accidental Nomad

“Being Erma” by Tracy Beckerman, nationally syndicated humor columnist and author of Rebel Without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the ‘Burbs. And another, “Here’s Why Jennifer Aniston Probably Won’t Be Inviting Me to Her Wedding”

“Life Keeps Getting Weirder: An Open Letter to the Dayton Marriott” by Anna Lefler, author of The CHICKtionary

“Draggin Girl” by Deb Amlen, New York Times WordPlay columnist and blogger

“Best Moments From the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop” by Tara Adams

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop — A Unique Chance To Study ‘Funny'” from The Laughing Mom blog

“Erma Bombeck, I Am a Writer” by blogger Nicole Shirley Morgan

“An Ode to the EBWW” by Gianetta Palmer

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop?…We’ll See” by Carolyn Plath

“You Had Questions? EBWW 2012 Had Answers” by blogger Jody Worsham on the National Society of Newspaper Columnists website

“The Once and Future Queen. Finding Erma Bombeck” by Kyran Pittman, author of Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life 

“The Spirit of Erma” by Karen Walrond, author/photographer of The Beauty of Different

“On Being Erma’s Child” by Jim Higley, author of Bobblehead Dad

“Lovefest — Erma Bombeck Style” by Suzette Martinez Standring, author of The Art of Column Writing: Insider Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete Hamill and Other Great Columnists

“What Erma Bombeck Taught Me (Just This Past Weekend” by Amy Wilson, author of When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be

“14 Things I Learned at the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop” by blogger Joe Donatelli

“Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Closes With Dedication” by Mary McCarty, Dayton Daily News columnist 

“Stooges Funny? Don’t Make Me Laugh — Bombeck Rules” by Gina Barreca, author of It’s Not That I’m Bitter or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World  “Erma

Bombeck’s True Gift” by blogger Stacey Hatton

“How I Overcame Chronic Shyness at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop by Jef Blocker

“The Spruce is Greener Surrounded by Family” by blogger Steve Vest

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop: The Meat and Potatoes (And the Chocolate Cake)” by Lisa Tognola, creator of “Main Street Musings” column

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Wrap Up” by Sarah Hunt

“Life According to Erma” by blogger Jen Havice

“College Boys Aren’t Cute Anymore” by blogger Erin Breagy Gross

“Literary Arts Alive and Growing Here in Dayton” by Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News Literary Life columnist

“What Would Erma Say?” by blogger Dawn Weber

“UD Dedicates Tree to Writer’s Memory” by WDTN-TV

“The Next Erma Bombeck” by blogger Susanna Hickman Bartee 

“Six Things I Learned at EBWW” by blogger Leslie Marinelli 

“Six More Things I Learned at EBWW” by blogger Leslie Marinelli

“Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop: The Craft of Writing; the Gift of Friendship” by blogger Darlene Sneden

“From the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop — Blogging, Branding and Social Media, Part 1” by blogger LD Masterson

“This is Where I Come From. And, I Might Be a Little Irreverent. And Also Irrelevent. And I Kinda Don’t Care,” by blogger Janet Frongillo 

“Tricks to Beating the Shy Monster” by blogger Alexandra Rosas

“Dessert AGAIN? OK, I’m In!” by blogger Nancy LaFever

“Thank you, Erma Bombeck” by blogger Jules Fredrick

Attendee Susanna Hickman Bartee penned one of the best descriptions of this year’s workshop: “We were 350 writers and wannabes who met for seminars, encouragement, inspiration and tips. It was a grand party where everyday people like me got to listen to and rub elbows with Pulitzer Prize winners, Hollywood writers, uber-successful freelancers and even (in my case) share an elevator with Betsy Bombeck, Erma’s daughter. It was hard to leave when it was over.”

Mark the date: April 10-12, 2014.  Join us for the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

— Teri Rizvi

Teri Rizvi, associate vice president for University communications at the University of Dayton, founded the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in 2000.

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