A Stellar Line-Up of Judges

We have lined up more than 50 top-notch preliminary judges to review and rank the 401 entries we received in our inaugural “A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.” They will narrow the field to between five and 10 finalist for judging by Alan Zweibel and Laraine Newman, original… Read More

The Dayton Riviera Awaits

“You had me at room service,” one applicant wrote. The inaugural “A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program” attracted 401 applications from 44 states, the District of Columbia and five other countries — Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. What writer wouldn’t want to attend the… Read More

Reunited

No pressure, funny writers. Comedy legends Alan Zweibel and Laraine Newman, original writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live, will team up again, this time to serve as finalist judges for A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program. Thanks to a generous gift from comic novelist and… Read More

A Hotel Room of One’s Own

New York Times’ bestselling author Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) tweets, “I cannot recommend this enough.” Well, what writer can possibly turn down free room service? A maid? The solitude of time to write? On the banks of the Dayton Riviera, no less. Parade.com broke the story nationally on Sept. 6 when the University of… Read More

A Veritable Laugh-Inn: University Of Dayton Launches Humorist-In-Residence Program

DAYTON, Ohio — Room service. An omelet bar. The sun rising over the Great Miami River or, as some affectionately call it, the Dayton Riviera. 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… Read More