Erma merchandise is offered exclusively through the University of Dayton Bookstore. All proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Endowment Fund, which helps keep the workshop affordable for writers. To shop, click here.
• A set of 12 notecards with such favorite Erma quotes as “Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ($10)
• A “You Can Write!” coffee mug. ($9.99)
• A limited-edition autographed “You Can Write!” cartoon signed by Tony Cochran of “Agnes” and Tom Batiuk of “Funky Winkerbean” and “Crankshaft.” ($15.50)
• An Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop water bottle. ($5.25)
• Short- and long-sleeved T-shirts with the inspirational Bombeck quote, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'” ($16.99, $21)
• A “When Humor Goes, There Goes Civilization” coffee mug. ($9.99)
• The popular Erma wine glass, introduced at the 2014 workshop. ($9.99)
About the endowment
In 2004, University of Dayton alumnus Ralph Hamberg and his wife, Cindy, gave a $100,000 gift to start a workshop endowment fund in memory of her cousin, Brother Tom Price, S.M. This University of Dayton English professor first told Erma “three little words” of encouragement, “You can write!”
The Hamberg family, the Bombeck family and other supporters continue to contribute to the endowment fund, which allows the University of Dayton to keep the workshop affordable. For ways to give, click here. Please indicate that your gift supports the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Endowment.