Yes, a hotel. Room service. An omelet bar. The sun rising over the Great Miami River. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write…and on the “Dayton Riviera,” no less.
That’s the premise behind A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.
Thanks to a generous gift from humorist and novelist Anna Lefler and in-kind support from the Marriott at the University of Dayton, the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop offers two emerging humor writers the opportunity to take a deep dive into their comedy writing without pesky everyday responsibilities.
“The chance to step away from your everyday responsibilities to concentrate on your humor writing AND have access to unlimited tiny soaps? The comedy practically writes itself,” says Lefler a Los Angeles-based author of two funny books, Preschooled and The Chicktionary, and a three-time workshop faculty member.
The 2019 contest drew applications from nearly 400 funny writers from 44 states coast to coast as well as seven countries — Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Spain, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom.
Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and best-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani will serve as finalist judges. Preliminary judges include nearly 50 established writers. All entries will be blind-judged, with the two winners named Nov. 12, 2019. Three finalists will win $250, and five honorable mentions will be awarded $100.
The biennial program is open to all humor writers regardless of gender or comedic point of view. For more information, visit humorist-in-residence.com.