Comedy writer Anna Lefler, author of Preschooled and The Chicktionary, understands the time drains that keep creative types away from some of their most important projects. But instead of just finding humor topics in the stress, Lefler shifted into problem-solving philanthropist mode.
Partnering with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (EBWW), a popular conference celebrating the legacy of iconic humorist Erma Bombeck, Lefler has launched a humorist-in-residence program that harnesses the power of EBWW and tacks on a generous opportunity for two selected applicants to dive into their writing without distractions.
A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program offers an opportunity to attend the April 2018 workshop in Dayton, Ohio (hosted by Bombeck’s alma mater the University of Dayton), with travel, hotel and meal expenses for the event and two-weeks of writing time post-workshop at the Marriott at the University of Dayton.
“I can’t think of a more perfect kick-off to a residency than to surf that wave of workshop motivation and inspiration – right into your hotel room and onto the page. The vibe at the Erma workshop is truly remarkable; I’ve never seen anything approaching that combination of heartfelt encouragement and professional instruction. I see why it’s been called ‘the Woodstock of comedy’ – the attendees emerge every bit as blissed out, they’re just covered with brownie crumbs and sticky notes instead of mud,” notes Lefler.
What would Erma think? Teri Rizvi, founder and director of the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop believes the late Bombeck would be thrilled. “She would love it because it’s so supportive and encouraging for writers. Erma often spoke about the discipline it takes to work on your craft, drive yourself to reach higher. With this program, you can leave the bed unmade, forget the grocery shopping and cooking, and just write—all guilt-free. And there’s room service. What’s not to love?”