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Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop has been dubbed the "Woodstock of Humor" and 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." Our next workshop is slated for April 4-6, 2024. Save the dates!

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.

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When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Erma Bombeck

We're accepting applications for A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program from Sept. 5-Oct. 5.

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Will you be one of 20 writers selected randomly to pitch your book concept at Pitchapalooza? It will be held virtually at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on Oct. 9. It's free!

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Get your funny on! Marta Kauffman, creator of Friends and Grace and Frankie, will keynote a half-day virtual humor-writing workshop on Oct. 21.

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