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Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop has been dubbed the "Woodstock of Humor." Another writer described it as a "utopia" for writers — one "that only appears every other year, out of the mist, on the edge of the Great Miami River in Dayton, Ohio (like Brigadoon)."

The workshop's mission is simple: to encourage and inspire writers in the same way that celebrated columnist and author Erma Bombeck '49 found encouragement and inspiration at the University of Dayton.

Its mantra is timeless: "You can write!"


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Nationally Renowned

The Writer magazine has called the biennial Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop the best writing conference in Ohio and "THE conference for humor writers." Join us on Oct. 23 for a half-day virtual workshop on memoir writing — a great way to brush up on your skills before our next in-person workshop slated for March 24-26, 2022.

Scholarships and Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni Association, University of Dayton students receive free scholarships to attend the workshop. Internships for academic credit are available for communication and English majors.

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

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The humorous stories of Nickie’s Prize winners, bestselling authors and celebrities are featured in Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter. It's the perfect gift book!


New! The Virtual Erma

Join us on Oct. 23 for a half-day, online workshop on memoir writing, featuring celebrated memoirists Jenny Lawson ("the Bloggess") and Wade Rouse. Just $69. Pajamas optional.

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Bring Laughter to the World

We are collaborating with the late DC Stanfa’s family to help writers with financial need attend the workshop. Preference will given to underserved, underrepresented writers.

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