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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." Join us at the March 24-26, 2022, workshop. The program will be announced by Thanksgiving. Registration opens Dec. 9, 2021.

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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Bring Laughter to the World

Join our crowdfunding campaign between now and Giving Tuesday to help writers with financial need attend the workshop. Preference will be given to underrepresented writers.

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Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

Write Like Erma — and Win

It's time to make us laugh or touch our hearts with humorous and heartwarming essays. Entries for the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition will be accepted Nov. 30-Jan. 4.

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