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The Virtual Erma 2021


You came, you wrote and you inspired us! COVID may have wreaked havoc on our 2020 workshop, but many of you loved the virtual format. That’s why we decided to add something new to our offerings this year.

Coming this October, The Virtual Erma!* Join us for a half-day, fully online workshop focused on helping you write your own story. Featuring celebrated memoirists Jenny Lawson (“the Bloggess”) and Wade Rouse; two hands-on sessions on memoir writing; and access to attendees who share your writing goals. The new Virtual Erma will be a great way to brush up on your skills before joining us for the full, in-person Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop March 24-26, 2022.

Mark your calendar and register today for The Virtual Erma, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Oct. 23.

If you missed the mini-workshop, it's not too late to register and view the recordings. Cost: $49, including unlimited access to the workshop offerings for six months or more.

*(Pajamas optional) 

The Keynoters

Jenny Lawson (aka "the Bloggess) and the #1 New York Times’ best-selling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Furiously Happy, You are Here and Broken (In the Best Possible Way).

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Wade Rouse, author of four critically acclaimed memoirs, among his dozen books. He was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).

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The Sessions

When she and her husband lost their jobs simultaneously, it felt like the least funniest thing that had ever happened to them. Thanks to a sense of humor and love of writing, Liz Alterman turned this personal setback into a new memoir. Let her help you reframe your dark moments and transform them into everything from side-splitting listicles to essays that will have readers laughing and sharing

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Have something to say, but you're just not sure how to do it? Leah Witman Moore will help you construct a personal narrative to capture the story you have always wanted to tell. Through a series of engaging writing prompts, you will not only leave with a story concept, but also writing tools you can implement into any writing project.

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The Schedule

11:00 - 11:45 AM — Keynoter Jenny Lawson

11:45 - Noon — Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM — Humor Writing as the Antidote to Adversity (Liz Alterman)

1:15 - 1:45 PM — Lunch/Brunch Break

1:45 - 2:45 PM — Writing to Remember (Leah Witman Moore)

2:45 - 3:00 PM — Break

3:00 - 3:45 PM — Keynoter Wade Rouse

3:45 - 4:00 PM — Wrap Up

All times are EST.

(To cover our administrative costs, there's a 10 percent cancellation fee before Oct. 1. Registrations are 50 percent refundable after that, with no refunds given after Oct. 19. Please email