University of Dayton
Registration for the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, directed toward humor writers, will open Dec. 6, per Workshop Director, Matt Dewald. Space for this conference usually sells out fast, so if you are interested in attended, we recommend registering right away.
The 2012 workshop at the University of Dayton will kick off with a keynote talk from Alan Zweibel, an original Saturday Night Live writer and author of the 2006 Thurber Prize-winning novel The Other Shulman.
Online registration for the workshop, slated April 19-21, opens at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The registration fee is $375, the same as in 2010. We will send another message with the registration link closer to registration, post it on our website and Facebook page, and tweet it via @ebww.
The keynoters include:
Alan Zweibel, winner of multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Monk and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He co-wrote the screenplays for the films Dragnet, North and The Story of Us, and his many theatrical contributions include Billy Crystal’s Tony Award-winning 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner, A Sort of Romantic Comedy, adapted from his best-selling book. His newest novel, Lunatics, written with Dave Barry, will be published in January 2012.
Jeff Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist, NSNC member, NSNC Will Rogers Humanitarian Award winner and best-selling author of The Last Lecture, The Girls from Ames and Highest Duty. He recently collaborated with astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on their memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. His newest book, The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters, will be published in January 2012.
Adriana Trigiani, author of hilarious and heartwarming novels, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Big Stone Gap. Her novels Lucia, Lucia, The Queen of the Big Time and Rococo all topped the bestseller lists. She was a writer/producer on The Cosby Show and A Different World as well as executive producer/head writer for City Kids for Jim Henson Productions. Her Lifetime television special, Growing up Funny, garnered an Emmy nomination for Lily Tomlin.
Gina Barreca, author of It’s Not That I’m Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World. She has appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, the BBC, The Today Show, CNN, Joy Behar and Oprah. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted and Perfect Husband and Other Fairy Tales.
Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss and What I Wore, which became an off-Broadway hit. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Ladies’ Home Journal.
You can read more about the keynoters, plus the sessions and workshop presenters on the organization’s recently redesigned website here: http://humorwriters.org/2012-workshop/