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Erma Bombeck workshop postponed

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, slated for March 24-26 on the University of Dayton's campus, has been postponed until Oct. 20-22 in the wake of a surge in COVID cases.

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony is going virtual at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23. Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff of Queen of Your Own Life will keynote the event. It's free, but registration is required. Sign up here.

For registered attendees, the registration fee will be transferred for the workshop this fall. However, a full refund will be granted for those who would like one. To request a refund, please complete this form before Jan. 28.

For attendees who booked a room at the University of Dayton Marriott within the Erma room block, the room will automatically be canceled, and a group rate link to rebook will be sent on Feb. 1.

Slots are available and registration will reopen on Feb. 1. Express interest by adding your name to this list.

The 2022 workshop will feature New York Times’ bestselling authors, Saturday Night Live legends, Emmy Award winners, Thurber Prize winners, a Moth GrandSLAM winner, the author of the Bible (The New Comedy Bible, that is), screenwriters and a slew of celebrated comedians and authors. With her special blend of grace and humor, stand-up comedian Leighann Lord will emcee. Read more about the 2022 keynoters and faculty as well as the workshop sessions.

Registration for the in-person workshop is $499 and includes keynotes, workshops, meals and full access to a virtual package of the keynote talks and Pitchapalooza

For those interested in the virtual option only, the registration fee is $79. Join the keynote talks and Pitchapalooza in real time, participate in a live chat with other writers joining virtually or tap back in later at your convenience. Register here.

Attendees are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of arrival. Regardless of vaccine status, we encourage all attendees to test within 48 hours of arrival. Masks are required indoors for all attendees.


News and Communications Staff