12/4/2017 (8 AM): Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Opens
12/5/2017 (noon): U.D. Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Registration Opens
1/3/2018 (8 AM): Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Closes
1/15/2018 through mid-February: Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Judging
4/4/2018 (7 PM): Erma Celebration
4/5- 4/7/2018: U.D. Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
A personal essay "deals lightly, often humorously, with personal experiences, opinions, and prejudices, stressing especially the unusual or novel in attitude and having to do with the various aspects of everyday life." ˜Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay.
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON LAUNCHES HUMORIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Thanks to a generous gift from comic novelist and writer Anna Lefler, the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to dive into their comedy writing without pesky everyday responsibilities.
Applications are due by midnight (EST) Oct. 6, 2017 with winners announced Dec. 4. The program is open to all humor writers regardless of gender or comedic point of view. Writers working on novels, narrative non-fiction, plays, essays, sitcom scripts and other humor writing are encouraged to apply, with special consideration given to emerging writers. Application fee is $25. Entries will be blind-judged by preliminary and finalist judges, all established writers.
Winners also will receive a free registration to the April 5-7, 2018, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, dubbed the "Woodstock of Humor." Devoted to both humor and human interest writing, it’s so popular that it sells out within hours. The Marriott at the University of Dayton is an in-kind sponsor for the workshop and the residency.