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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.

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

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Seeking Rock Stars

We are putting out the call for experienced teachers interested in presenting sessions at the April 4-6, 2024, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Deadline: April 18, 2023.


A Magical Weekend

After a magical weekend of laughter and inspiration, nearly 30 writers penned essays that captured the spirit of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

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Sister Love

The award-winning Sisters! Bonded by Love and Laughter is 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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