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Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop 2014

A Grace Full Life

I am friends with all the people I met at this conference, to this day. I loved this experience so much. 

As a writer, this is one conference I would recommend you attend either virtually or in-person (if that is ever a thing again).


First published April 25, 2014



When my friend Shannon called me last fall inquiring if I wished to go to the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop in the spring, it intrigued me.

I remember Erma Bombeck from my childhood. My mom and grandma would watch her on Good Morning America. They bought her books and chuckled at her newspaper columns. I didn’t read her or watch her or laugh at her because I was, like, seven. I was laughing at Scooby-Doo. But she made two women whom I cherished laugh, so I guess you can say I laughed by association.

She was from my home state of…

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10 thoughts on “Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop 2014”

  1. I wanted to go to that conference, but couldn’t make it. I liked Erma Bombeck’s sense of humor, so I figured it’d be great. I’m glad you got to go and had a good experience. I wonder if UD will ever do the conference again?

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    1. I think they only hold it every two years? So the next one will be in 2022. The 2020 conference would’ve been canceled or held virtually.
      I would definitely go again because of all the amazing people who go. So many funny friends. If it is held in 2022 and it doesn’t coincide with my oldest daughter’s college graduation AND it is safe to go, I would love to see you there. 🙂

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  2. Awww…I love that you attended this conference and that you loved it all. Erma Bombeck is a true hero for all of us with a sense of humor and the love of sharing it.
    I’m dying at your No Nuts name tag. The irony.
    Also I fell into a rabbit hole reading about the No Pooping rule at Blogher. That’s a NO-GO for me. (get it?) I’ve been trying to put together a blog about pooping, but I’m finding it very hard to do it in a nice way. HA!
    Plus sharing a full sized bed with another human that isn’t a toddler? NO way. You are a true hero. 🙂
    So nice to look back at the memories though and you were all SO CLOSE. I mean, NO MASKS and you were having fun. LOL about the cake debacle.

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    1. It was hell. On my last night, I was silently trying to push one out at 4 am. It was like giving birth in a library. I made a solemn vow never to have more than one extra roommate that night. 🙄

      That cake was decadent. It was worth fighting over.

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  3. Oh, I’m so jealous. I’ve wanted to go to this conference since I heard about it a few years ago. Guess what? It always conflicts with World Championships for Irish dancing. Of. Course. And this year, they’ve moved Worlds to June, but my guess is there is no Erma conference this year.

    I don’t remember Erma. (This is me pointing out that I am a year younger than you). At one of my writing groups, one guy once compared me to Erma. I hadn’t read her stuff, but I knew of her. Needless to say, I was super flattered. Yes, the ‘it is really hard to publish a book’ fact hurts.

    Glad you got so much out of it. Thanks for sharing your tips, and your room-sharing truths. Yikes. I could not share a room with someone. My family barely wants to share a room with me when we travel. You saw the ‘appliance’ sticker, right? A no-pooping conference is against my religion and my comfort level.

    You sitting with folks you didn’t know at meals reminds me of my last college reunion. Only one of my good friends attended. We hung with other alums that she knew better than me and we had a blast. Still in touch. So funny that we didn’t hang out during college. I went to a really small school.

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