Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Endowment

This campaign ended on December 05, 2019, but you can still make a gift to University of Dayton by clicking here!


Thank you to all who have so generously given gifts to support the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop endowment fund. We've set a stretch goal of $25,000 — because of the campaign's momentum. Plus — writers are overachievers!

The Project

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is building its endowment to help keep the workshop affordable for writers. Registration fees cover less than half the cost of operating the biennial workshop. For every dollar raised, an anonymous donor will match it, up to $10,000. 

Who We Are

The Writer magazine named the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop the best writing conference in Ohio and "THE conference for humor writers." Since the first workshop in 2000, literally thousands of writers, inspired by Erma's humor and humanity, have gathered to laugh and learn from the likes of Dave Barry, Gail Collins, Phil Donahue, Nancy Cartwright, Alan Zweibel, Lisa Scottoline and more. It's the only workshop in the country devoted to both humor and human interest writing.

The Impact

One writer dubs the workshop the “Woodstock of Humor.” Another calls it a “utopia” for writers. Many say it’s life changing. Empowering. And, yes, even magical. Writers tell us they gained the confidence, writing know-how and connections to publish books, write essays for The New York Times and other national outlets, perform stand-up comedy, secure speaking engagements and submit work for anthologies. University of Dayton students have been inspired by the presenters and attendees they’ve met from across the nation.

What Your Gifts Will Do

If we had to charge all our expenses to workshop attendees, our registration fee would more than double. That’s why we need your support. Earnings from the endowment supplement our operating budget, allowing us to keep the registration fee low and to bring in national-caliber presenters. Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.

Be an Erma champion and spread the news! Please help us honor Erma's legacy and inspire writers for generations to come.

You have our heartfelt gratitude.



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11% Faculty/Staff

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64% Friends

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Donor list

Chris R Weilert
Rhonda Havig
Rose A Valenta
Gianetta Palmer
Princess Julie Osborne & Erma Queen Lori
Lee Gaitan photoLee Gaitan
Chrissy Woj
Jennifer Perena
Tracy Brady
margaret loftus
Stacy Baker
Ann Hudock photoAnn Hudock
DC Stanfa
Amy Abbott
Stacey Gustafson
Patricia Wynn Brown
Joseph F Spadaford
Barbara Kate Repa
Diana Fitzpatrick
CJ Hirschfield
Toni L Ihara
Leah R Brumer
Marlene Buchanan
Becky B Koop
Jillian Van Hefty
Fran Evans
Colleen Leahy
Merle Wilberding
David Braughler
Nancy Berk
Jase Graves
Ann Hudock photoAnn Hudock
Margaret Engel

Tracy Beckerman photoTracy Beckerman matched $500
Bob Daley matched $1,000
Fran Evans matched $2,500
An Anonymous Donor matched $10,000
Mindy Hoffbauer gave $300