Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

17 Quiet Days to Write

You know you’ve been in a hotel a long time when you start making your own bed. You know you’ve been in a hotel a really long time when Michael, the creepy morning room-service guy, notices you’ve changed your order. “I see you’ve got bacon this morning,” he says, making me shudder. “You are really… Read More

A View from a Hotel Room of One’s Own

Karen Chee and Samantha Schoech, winners of an unconventional two-week residency for emerging humor writers, ventured out of their hotel rooms to offer some serious advice to students in a media writing class at the University of Dayton. “Being funny is not trying to be funny. It’s being observant,” Schoech, a writer and editor from… Read More

Winners! (Do Not Disturb)

Samantha Schoech, a writer, copywriter and editor from San Francisco, says her “go-to fantasy” is a “long, relaxed stay in a hotel and a Do Not Disturb sign.” Karen Chee, a recent Harvard University graduate now working as a comedy writer and performer in New York, envisions Dayton as an “idyllic place for me and… Read More

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