Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

And the Bathrobes Go to…

Liz Kozak, a work-from-home mom and budding screenwriter from Oak Park, Illinois, longs to hole up in a hotel room and write a satirical screenplay about female friendships.  “I work from home, mostly in my bathrobe. I have two small children. This experience was made for me. And if I am ultimately not selected, please… Read More

A Writer’s Disneyworld

“I promise to use my time wisely, to enjoy the omelet bar in moderation and to wear the robe with honor,” one applicant pledged. “The residency,” another wrote, “would be a writer’s Disneyworld for me.” From LA to New York City and Anchorage to Des Moines, writers weighed in on why they deserve to be… Read More

Drumroll! Introducing Preliminary Judges

We have lined up nearly 50 top-notch preliminary judges to review and rank the entries in “A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.” The judges, all established writers, will narrow the field to 10 funny writers for judging by Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and best-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani. All… Read More

A Hotel Room Along the Dayton Riviera

“I haven’t slept in 12 years,” one beleaguered writer started her application. And this realization from another hopeful writer, “You had me at room service.” The University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop is once again offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to Dayton, Ohio, where the winners… Read More

Do Not Disturb!

If Maya Angelou and Ernest Hemingway regularly wrote in hotels, there must be some literary magic to be found in a room with a “Do Not Disturb” sign. The Marriott at the University of Dayton has partnered with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop to provide complimentary hotel rooms as part of a package for two… Read More

Comedy Legends

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and best-selling novelist Adriana Trigiani will select two emerging humor writers for an unconventional writing residency that promises winners the gift of time to hole up in a hotel, write — and order free room service. Barry and Trigiani, who’ve written more than 50 books between them, will serve as… Read More