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Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Session Descriptions

Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony (Virtual)
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23

Featuring keynote speakers Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff of Queen of Your Own Life. Sponsored by the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Free and open to the public, but registration required. Register here.


Erma’s Got Talent: The Stand-Up Auditions (Virtual)
Hosted by Nancy Berk with celebrity judges Brian Kiley, Wendy Liebman and Joel Madison

Put your business card in the ring for a chance to test your two-minute stand-up routine in front of an EBWW audience and three stand-up veterans armed with insight and constructive criticism. Whether you get the golden buzzer or just some solid advice for taking it to the next level, this pre-workshop session will help participants and non-participant attendees craft better comedy and performances. A select number of participants from these auditions will be added to the Saturday night show lineup. The remainder will be chosen randomly later this spring or summer.

Free and open to the public, but registration required. Register here. Only attendees registered for the in-person workshop are eligible to audition, but all are invited to be in the audience. Applications will be accepted through April 18.

To watch a replay of the 2020 event, click here


(Subject to change)

2-5:30 p.m.
Attendee sign-in
Marriott at the University of Dayton Lobby 

4 to 6 p.m.
Networking reception
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer
(cash bar)

4 to 9 p.m.
EBWW bookstore open
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer

6 p.m. — Welcome dinner with keynote Cathy Guisewite
Marriott at the University of Dayton Ballroom

(Dinner program includes the ceremonial robing of four winners of A Hotel Room of One’s Own: Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.)

8 p.m. — Book signing with Cathy Guisewite
Dessert reception
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer


(Subject to change)

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop)
Shuttle bus from Marriott at the University of Dayton to Daniel J. Curran Place

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Attendee sign-in (lobby of Daniel J. Curran Place)
Continental breakfast (Riverview Café)

7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Nuts and Bolts: Optional Pre-Workshop Sessions (for early risers!)

Publishing 101
David Braughler

Yes, You're Running a Business
Lori B. Duff

Launching and Marketing Your Book
Elysse Wagner

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Break

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with keynote Dion Flynn
Riverview Café

Break

1:45-3 p.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Shuttle buses to Marriott at the University of Dayton (loop)

5 to 11 p.m.
EBWW bookstore open
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer

6 p.m. — Dinner with keynotes W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon in conversation with Adriana Trigiani
Marriott at the University of Dayton Ballroom

(Dinner program includes recognition of the winners of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.)

8:30 to 10 p.m. — Book signing with W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon and Adriana Trigiani

Book signing with all workshop presenters
Marriott at the University of Dayton Tradewinds
(cash bar)


(Subject to change)

7 to 8:30 a.m. (loop)
Shuttle bus from Marriott at the University of Dayton to Daniel J. Curran Place
Continental breakfast (Riverview Café)

7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

Nuts and Bolts: Optional Pre-Workshop Sessions (for early risers!)

Publishing 101
David Braughler

Yes, You're Running a Business
Lori B. Duff

Launching and Marketing Your Book
Elysse Wagner

9 to 10:15 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Break

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Break

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with keynote Katrina Kittle
Riverview Café

1:30 to 2 p.m. — Break and book signing with Katrina Kittle

2 to 3:15 p.m. — Six concurrent sessions (choose one)

Break

3:30 to 5 p.m.
Pitchapalooza — American Idol for Books: Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, with guest judges (open to all attendees)
Riverview Cafe

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Shuttle buses to Marriott at the University of Dayton (loop)

5:15 p.m.

Shuttle bus to University of Dayton main campus, view Erma Bombeck exhibit in Roesch Library

5 to 9:30 p.m.

EBWW bookstore open
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer

6:30 p.m. — Dinner with Laraine Newman
Marriott at the University of Dayton Ballroom

8:30 p.m. Book signing with Laraine Newman
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer

8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Photo Booth (share your photos on social media!)
Marriott at the University of Dayton Foyer
(cash bar)

9:30 to 11 p.m. — Attendee Stand-Up Comedy Night with host Wendy Liebman
Marriott at the University of Dayton Ballroom


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