The Erma Bombeck Writers ‘Association Workshop began in 2000 at the University of Dayton as a single event for the family Bombeck gift of celebrating Erma ‘ s papers at the University. The event was so popular that it has since been held every other year. The two-day, three-night workshop includes keynote speakers and rate writing sessions on the topics of humor, writing human interest, the publishing process for authors marketing and blogging, among other areas. Past keynote speakers included Art Buchwald , Nancy Cartwright , Dave Barry , Garrison Keillor , Mike Peters , Bil Keane , Phil Donahue and others. More than 350 writers from around the country to attend each workshop, held at the University of Dayton campus.
The personal involvement of the family Bombeck, spanning three generations, makes the case memorable and sets it apart from workshops myriad other writers across the country.
In 2004, the University of Dayton graduate Ralph Hamberg and his wife, Cindy, a $ 100,000 gift to a workshop endowment fund started in memory of her cousin, Brother Tom Price, SM The University of Dayton English professor first told Erma “three little words “of encouragement,” You can write! ” The donation helps the workshop affordable for writers. In addition, the University of Dayton Alumni Association underwritten the cost of scholarships that allow the University of Dayton students attend free.
This effort to honor humorist Erma Bombeck’s legacy continues workshop the authors. The workshop has a blog produce http://www.humorwriters.org/ Humorwriters.org]; an online museum [www.ermamuseum.org/ ermamuseum.org]; a documentary by ThinkTV and nationally distributed by American Public Television; an international competition offered in writing by the Public Library Washington Center; an Ohio historical marker at the University of Dayton campus’s; A monthly e-newsletter, a Facebook page, perform a twitter; and an active online group.
In 2006, the workshop has the world’s longest Mad Lib . In 2010, “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”  broadcast a Mother’s Day tribute to Erma Bombeck, using the workshop as a backdrop. In 2013, AAA Travel Magazine  found literary heritage Dayton’s – and points to keep the University of Dayton’s efforts Erma Bombeck’s legacy alive through a workshop in her name. In 2014, Parade.com marked by a series of pieces about the workshop and lasting appeal Erma Bombeck’s.
The workshop was first created by Teri Rizvi and Bob Daley. Tim Bete addressed the workshop from 2004 to 2008. Matt Dewald directed it from 2010 to 2012. Today, Teri Rizvi and Annette Taylor serve as co-directors.
Workshop The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Association is believed to be the only national workshop be of humor writers.