Monday December 10, 2012

You Can Write!

It says so right on your coffee mug. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering a T-shirt and cup exclusively through the University's bookstore. All proceeds benefit the workshop's endowment fund.

Have any writers on your holiday list?

The University of Dayton's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering a "You Can Write!" coffee mug and an Erma T-shirt exclusively through the University of Dayton Bookstore.

All proceeds benefit the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop endowment fund. The popular workshop draws more than 350 writers from around the nation to campus every other spring.

The late humorist Erma Bombeck, who graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949, gave the world many witty, memorable lines.  Some of her most inspirational words are featured on the back of a T-shirt: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"

The coffee cup features three words of encouragement from a University of Dayton English professor that Bombeck said changed her life: You Can Write!

To order, go to the University of Dayton's online bookstore available at and search for "Erma." The shirt sells for $16.99. The mug, which will be available for shipping Dec. 19, is $9.99.

Over the years, the workshop has attracted as speakers such household names as Dave Barry, Phil Donahue, Art Buchwald, Nancy Cartwright, Don Novello, Garrison Keillor and Gail Collins, but the personal involvement of Erma Bombeck's family makes the event at her alma mater memorable and sets it apart from the myriad other writers' workshops offered across the country.

The next workshop is slated for April 10-12, 2014. For more information, click on the related link and visit our blog.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or