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Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop has been dubbed the "Woodstock of Humor." Another writer described it as 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." It's wildly popular and sells out within hours. The next workshop is slated for March 24-26, 2022.

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

We are collaborating with the late DC Stanfa’s family to help writers with financial need attend the workshop. Preference will given to underserved, underrepresented writers.

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Visit Erma Museum

Meet the woman who made the world laugh. Peruse our online museum.

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Buy Erma Swag

Erma merchandise is offered through the University of Dayton Bookstore. All proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Endowment Fund, which helps keep the workshop affordable for writers.

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