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Sharon Short

You Can Write, Too!

Do you ever stare at your blank screen or page, filled with the desire to write yet stymied about where to start? Or do you review something you’ve written and wonder how to make it better?

Award-winning novelist and Writer’s Digest columnist Sharon Short will lead a free writing workshop, “You Can Write, Too: Finding Your Voice,” from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, in The Collab (Room 240) of Roesch Library at the University of Dayton.

While free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

In the workshop, you’ll learn how to set yourself free of your writing fears and find your own compelling writing voice, just like Erma Bombeck ‘49 did when a University of Dayton English professor told her, “You can write!”

Short will help writers of all experience levels with writing tips and techniques “to dig to the good stuff — a unique point of view to bring experiences and stories to the page in a way that will connect with readers.” Using Bombeck’s columns as prompts, Short will guide you through brief writing exercises that will build your confidence as you tap into your humor, hone a distinctive voice, and find your path as a writer.

Short is the author of 15 books and is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, for which she writes the column “Level Up Your Writing (Life).” She is a frequent speaker at libraries, book clubs and writing groups.

The event is sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library as part of special events surrounding the exhibit Beyond the Byline: Erma Bombeck’s Story in the Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery. The free workshop is being held in conjunction with the April 4-6 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, which will draw writers from across the nation, Canada and Spain to Bombeck’s alma mater for three days of learning, laughter and networking.

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