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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!"


We are sold out! Please join our waitlist, and we will reach out when we have a cancellation.


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. We are sold out, but invite writers to join our waitlist.

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 have started a waitlist for the April 4-6, 2024, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. If you want to join us, we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist.


Encourage a new writer to register for the spring workshop, come in for a soft landing and we'll enter both of your names in a drawing to win an Erma-style "Thelma and Louise" gift bag.


Capture the essence of Erma's writings and win $1,000 and a free registration to the spring workshop. Previously unpublished humor and human interest essays are being accepted through Jan. 8.


Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop


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