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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." Registration is open for the in-person Oct. 20-22 workshop and a virtual package (five keynote talks and Pitchapalooza). All registrants for the in-person workshop receive complimentary access to the virtual package.

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.

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Join Us on the Dayton Riviera

The workshop will feature New York Times’ bestselling authors, Saturday Night Live legends, Emmy Award winners, Thurber Prize winners, a Moth GrandSLAM winner and a slew of celebrated comedians and authors.

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Sister Love

Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter is now available in paperback and as an ebook. Proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Endowment Fund. It's the perfect gift book!

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Coming Live to the Erma Stage

More than 325 people tuned in to watch Kim Reynolds, a “midlife mom of five fabulous kids” from Fort Wayne, Indiana, emerge as the grand prize winner. She'll perform live on the Erma stage at the fall workshop.

Meet the Winners

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