WE GATHER TO LAUGH AND LEARN.
The University of Dayton held the first Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in 2000 as a one-time event to commemorate the Bombeck family’s gift of Erma’s papers to her alma mater.
Erma’s famous friends — columnist Art Buchwald, “Family Circus” cartoonist Bil Keane and author and ERA advocate Liz Carpenter — headlined the event. It proved to be so popular (and so much fun) that it’s now offered every other year.
Today, writers inspired by Erma’s humor and humanity gather to laugh and learn from the likes of Dave Barry, Garrison Keillor, Phil Donahue, Nancy Cartwright, Don Novello, Leonard Pitts, Roy Blount Jr., Gail Collins, Alan Zweibel, Lisa Scottoline, among many others.
The workshop’s mission is simple: to encourage and inspire writers in the same way Erma Bombeck found encouragement and inspiration at the University of Dayton. Our mantra is timeless: “You can write!”
Visit the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop to learn more.