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Thank you very much for your interest in the workshop and our efforts to keep Erma Bombeck’s legacy alive.

How to submit pieces

We publish short humor and human interest essays on our blog that are written in the spirit of Erma Bombeck. (No profanity or politics, please.) To be considered, please email a 400- to 600-word piece (preferably in Word), a headshot and a short author bio to

How to apply to be a workshop presenter

We have filled the available slots for the 2020 workshop. We will issue a “Call for Faculty Proposals” for the March 24-26, 2022, workshop in April 2021.

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How to nominate a Humor Writer of the month

If you’d like to be considered as our “Humor Writer of the Month” (or you read someone who should be), send an e-mail to with a brief bio and a link to material that makes us laugh.

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Simply provide your email address on the Newsletter Sign-Up form.
How to receive a student scholarship
Thanks to  the generosity of the University of Dayton's Alumni Association, the workshop offers free scholarships to UD students who wish to attend. For information, contact Alan Abitbol.
Our team

Teri Rizvi
Founder and Director
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2904

Alan Abitbol, Ph.D.
Co-Director and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1410

Debe Dockins
Coordinator, Erma Bombeck Writing Competition
Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458