The workshop for humor writing, human interest writing, networking and getting published

Erma Bombeck Wrighters' Workshop Banner

Who’s publishing what?

Misery Manifesto

Barb Best, who turns hassles into humor one laugh at a time, is the author of the new humor book, The Misery Manifesto: A Self-Help Parody for the Self-Absorbed with cartoons by Roz Chast, Liza Donnelly and Andrew Genn. Her comedy material has been performed by Joan Rivers and her essays, and light verse have been published in numerous print and digital publications. Barb’s books include Find Your Funny: The LOL Survival Guide for Teens with Joanne Jackal, Ph.D., Smiles to Go: Take-Out for the SMILE Hungry with Barbara Grapstein and 100 Fast & Funny: Ha-Musings. She is proud as spiked punch to be an Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner.

THAT shirt?

Told over two summers three years apart, Is That The Shirt You’re Wearing? is a collection of Kristen Hansen Brakeman’s funny and poignant essays about her life and family. From a laugh-out-loud debate with her potty-mouthed first grader to the hazards of shopping in an overly perfumed clothing store with her tween, to helping her husband cope with his diagnosis of prostate cancer, Brakeman tackles it all with wit and humor. The book, to be published in May 2017, is available for pre-orders here.

Hot tamale

An everyday suburban housewife liberates herself from her peanut-butter-and-jelly life and flees to Mexico to pursue her dream of living as a hot tamale in Dr. Linda Sonna’s latest book, Tortillas & Peanut Butter: True Confessions of an American Mom Turned Mexican Smuggler.

Midlife happy hour

With Midlife Happy Hour — Our Reward for Surviving Careers, Kids, and ChaosElaine Ambrose boldly writes her latest kiss-my-attitude book as a sassy sequel to Midlife CabernetAmbrose shares her festive life experiences and career-crushing anecdotes as she explains how to remain relevant after age 50, why grown children make great travel companions, and how to balance midlife without falling over. She includes humorous accounts from her various speaking engagements, including some silly events at the recent Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Ambrose notes that her feminine mystique sprung a leak after years of competing as a funny female in a serious male job market. Now the hard work is done, and she invites midlife women to join her for Happy Hour. The book is available in paperback, eBook and in audiobook as read by the author.

From the front lines

Life doesn’t end at 40. It just gets really, really weird. In Kissing the Crisis: Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, and Careening into Middle Age, humorist Kara Martinez Bachman takes on middle age with a kick-a** Generation X attitude and a willingness to try anything. Bachman’s comic essays recount her many absurd adventures in her forties, providing a field guide for women blazing their own unconventional trails through the jungle of middle age.

First woman

Angie Klink served as an editorial adviser for a 48-page commemorative book, Celebrating the Historic Presidential Campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Other First Women in Government published by the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), of which she is a board member. Available in hardcover or an e-book, it can be ordered here.

A parent’s alphabet

Writer and illustrator Rachel Barlow brings her typical, too-busy life to her first book, A is for All-Nighter. From model mom crackpot and Funny Farm candidate comes an uplifting and poignant tribute to the miracle of parenthood a tongue-in-cheek look at the sillier ABCs of parenthood. Click here for a video preview.

Guilty pleasure

Pesky kids, insane dogs, farting husbands. Some would call these major annoyances. Dawn Weber calls it Monday morning. But Dawn doesn’t get mad. She gets mobile. That’s right — she whips out her smartphone, and she takes names. I Love You. Now Go Away: Confessions of a Woman with a Smartphone is a thoroughly modern concept, a book drafted entirely on a phone.

Reflections of Erma