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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A Little Humor Anyone? It's My Holiday Gift for Writers

I just had to share this resource with my #SharingwithWriters visitors and subscribers. It's one of  my favorite writers' conferences of all time (time that it is getting longer and longer with more and more #writersconferences to choose from!). A writers conference for humorists? you are thinking? There is nothing like a sprinkle of humor.  Since I presented at this conference (twice now!), I use humor in more and more unexpected places. Subject lines (can you imaging how boring subject lines can get for feature editors and other gatekeepers that writers send emails to?), in query letters, and my how-to books for writers (you know you've thought you'd like to read one but dread the idea of a whole book full of bullets and advice, but really. Read my reviews. Every once in a while someone mentions that a little humor keeps them going!).  It's not LOL-funny stuff, but when I can work it in, it serves to set even the driest documents apart and give me an edge. You'll even find a humorous poem or two in "Blooming Red," the holiday chapbook I wrote with Aussie Magdalena Ball. So, after this long introduction, here is a little holiday gift (and resource!) for you!

PS: My writing friend Dr. Bob Rich even uses humor in most of his biographies! 

On Nov 24, 2021, at 4:13 AM, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop <erma@udayton.edu> wrote:

It's Erma Time on the Dayton Riviera!
Registration Opens Dec. 9 for In-Person and Virtual Experiences

The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, slated for March 24-26, 2022, on the University of Dayton's campus, will feature New York Times’ bestselling authors, Saturday Night Livelegends, Emmy Award winners, Thurber Prize winners, a Moth GrandSLAM winner, the author of the Bible (The New Comedy Bible, that is), screenwriters and a slew of celebrated comedians and authors. The slate includes an amazing 11 former keynoters. With her special blend of grace and humor, stand-up comedian Leighann Lord will emcee.

Registration for the in-person workshop* opens at noon (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 9. A link will be posted that morning and shared via our e-newsletter. Fee: $499, which includes keynotes, workshops, meals and full access to a *virtual* package of the keynote talks and the always-entertaining and educational Pitchapalooza. You're invited to relive the Erma experience long after the workshop ends.

For those interested in the virtual option only, the registration fee is $79. From the comfort of your home (think: pajamas!), you can enjoy the keynote talks and Pitchapalooza in real time, participate in a live chat with other writers joining virtually or tap back in later at your convenience.

For both options, expect to laugh, learn and network with a supportive writing community.

Read more about the 2022 keynoters and faculty as well as the workshop sessions. New this year: sessions such as "Erma would KILL on TikTok — a Writer's Guide to Social Media Videos" and "When Humor Goes, There Goes Civilization: How to Use Your Gifts to Change the World (and have a laugh along the way)." 

If you're looking for a creative (and fun) pilgrimage, *this* is the one.

*Masks are required indoors for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. While proof of vaccination to attend is not mandatory, vaccination is highly encouraged. The vast majority of faculty, staff and students are vaccinated at the University of Dayton. 


 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.

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