Connie Schultz, Garrison Keillor, Mike Peters to Speak at Bombeck Event

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By: E&P Staff

Online registration for the University of Dayton’s 2008 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop will open this Monday — with scheduled speakers for the April 3-5 event including Connie Schultz, Garrison Keillor, Mike Peters, and many others.

Schultz, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, writes a Plain Dealer of Cleveland column distributed by Newhouse News Service and Creators Syndicate. Keillor is the “Prairie Home Companion” radio personality who also writes a column for Tribune Media Services. And Peters does Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoons for The Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and King Features Syndicate, which also distributes his “Mother Goose and Grimm” comic.

Among the other speakers will be self-syndicated humor columnist Tim Bete (who’s also director of the workshop), self-syndicated columnist Gordon Kirkland, USA Today columnist Craig Wilson, Dayton Daily News columnist Mary McCarty, former Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Laura Pulfer, and various non-newspaper people.

Sessions will cover humor writing, human-interest writing, freelance writing, marketing, book publishing, and more.

Erma Bombeck was the popular humor columnist who died in 1996. At the time, her feature was appearing in about 700 newspapers via Universal Press Syndicate.

The workshop — held every two years — sold out in 12 days in 2006, Bete told E&P, with about 200 people on the waiting list. More than 300 people can attend the 2008 event.

For more information about the workshop, click here.

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