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Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Mug that reads "You can Write"

In 2004, University of Dayton alumnus Ralph Hamberg and his wife, Cindy, gave a $100,000 gift to start a workshop endowment fund in memory of her cousin, Brother Tom Price, S.M.  This University of Dayton English professor first told Erma ”three little words” of encouragement, “You can write!” The Hamberg family, the Bombeck family, workshop faculty members, volunteers, writers and other supporters continue to contribute to the endowment fund, which allows the University of Dayton to keep the workshop affordable for writers.

Make a Gift

There are numerous ways to help us keep Erma Bombeck’s legacy alive — and ensure that the workshop remains affordable. Gifts of all sizes have a lasting impact on our work, and we’re grateful for your generosity.

To make a tax-deductible one-time or recurring gift, click here. (Please select "other," then indicate that your gift supports the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Endowment.) To learn more about joining the University of Dayton’s Leo Meyer Society by including the workshop in your estate plans, click here or call (937) 229-3089.

Buy Erma Swag

A line of Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop merchandise is offered exclusively through the University of Dayton Bookstore. All proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Endowment Fund. To shop, click here.


Purchase Workshop Recordings

The workshop receives a portion of the sales from audio recordings. To order, click here.

Co-Sponsor the Workshop

Our co-sponsors provide generous financial and in-kind support for operating the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. For details, email


Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop