***UPDATE (March 12, 2020)***
The University of Dayton has postponed the April 2-4, 2020, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop until the fall in response to concerns about COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.
"The vast majority of our attendees and speakers are traveling nationally and abroad for the workshop. Though we've taken a number of precautions and believe the risk of transmission is low, we are taking this preventative step out of vigilance and caution," said Teri Rizvi, executive director of strategic communications who founded and directs the popular workshop that draws 350 writers.
The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, currently sold out, has been rescheduled for Oct. 29-31. For registered attendees, the registration fee will be transferred allowing them to attend the workshop this fall. A refund will be granted for those who would like one. To request a refund, please contact the University of Dayton's conference services staff at email@example.com before April 2. Full refunds will be processed by April 4. At that time, the waitlist will reopen, and the workshop’s standard 75 percent cancellation fee will be available through Oct. 1.
"The roster of keynoters and presenters may change, but we hope that most of their schedules will accommodate these new dates. All five of the original keynoters have verbally committed to joining us in the fall," Rizvi said. "And while we're disappointed by the workshop's postponement, we're so very grateful for the support of the writing community and look forward to welcoming writers to a long weekend filled with much laughter and learning in the fall."
***ORIGINAL STORY (Dec. 11, 2019)***
Online registration for the popular biennial Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop opens at noon (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 12, with links that will be shared via social media and the workshop’s free e-newsletter, available for subscription at humorwriters.org.
The workshop registrations typically sell out within hours, so be sure to prepare by subscribing to the e-newsletter and following the workshop on Facebook.
The 2020 workshop will be April 2-4, 2020, at the University of Dayton. The workshop will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
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“From top to bottom, this slate of keynoters and faculty is exceptional. I’m humbled by the talented people willing to be part of this magical workshop,” says Teri Rizvi, executive director of strategic communications at UD, and founder and director of the workshop. “It’s hard to believe we started this workshop 20 years ago, never imagining how it would touch the lives of writers. It’s been a privilege to shepherd it, build it — and use it as the vehicle to sustain Erma’s remarkable legacy.”
Headlining the workshop will be Emmy Award-winner Cathy Guisewite, creator of the iconic “Cathy” comic strip, which at its peak appeared in 1,400 newspapers. In 2019, the Dayton native published a funny memoir, “Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault: Essays From the Grown-Up Years.”
Besides Guisewite, the workshop’s all-star keynoter line-up includes:
• Annabelle Gurwitch, New York Times’ bestselling author of four books, actress, essayist and storyteller. She was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor Writing in 2015. The original co-host for “Dinner and a Movie” on TBS, she has appeared in numerous television and film projects.
• Wendy Liebman, stand-up comedian who has performed on late-night shows — from Carson to Kimmel — and appeared in comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. She was a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent.”
• Mike Reiss, Emmy Award-winning writer for “The Simpsons” and author of “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons” and 19 children’s books.
• Peggy Rowe, who at the age of 80, wrote and published a New York Times’ bestseller, “About My Mother.” A social-media sensation, she counts more than 115,000 readers of her daily Facebook postings. Her letters and texts to her celebrity son, Mike Rowe, have reached millions.
The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, hosted by UD and the Washington-Centerville Library, will award several scholarships for the workshop. The competition is open for entries now through Jan. 6, 2020. Learn more at humorwriters.org/writing-competition/.