I was composing a new blog post on my computer when I heard a clunk, chunk coming from my outdated air conditioner. Because the wall AC unit faced the outside, occasional bugs would appear in my living space. Sometimes a random bird would fly into the unit, but they were too big to break through. What came through the vent now was not a bug or a bird. A bat with a wingspan of about 12 inches had somehow squeezed through a small opening and was now speeding in circles around my living room. […]
Essays and News
Just when I got rid of my Southern accent, it sucked me right back in — thanks to the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop.
After taking Wendy Liebman’s Stand-Up Comedy Boot Camp, I was able to chat with her for a moment. Telling her that I speak with several accents and work them limitedly into my speaking engagements, she excitedly said, “Do them!” And so I did. Besides my French, High British and Cockney accents, […]
Erma Bombeck was funny, smart and she knew how to become famous. She must have had some sort of genius in that way, because she started out writing obits in Dayton, Ohio, and became a legend around the world.
Starting small and going big. She did it, and because of her, so many others have followed in her footsteps. Thanks to the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, many of us have found our voices and “gone big.”
In my case, […]
With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.” I come from a long-ish line of teachers myself. My mother taught elementary and middle school for over thirty years, and my grandmother also had a brief stint practicing the pedagogical arts. I guess you could say teaching is in my blood–like a serious infection. […]
The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton will launch a “25K in 25 Days” campaign in November, thanks to the generosity of a New York City couple who have made a $50,000 challenge gift in honor of the late Erma and Bill Bombeck.
For every dollar raised, the anonymous donors will double it, up to $50,000 — all to benefit the endowment, which is used to keep the workshop affordable for writers, […]