Very soon, I’ll be boarding a plane for the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop in Dayton Ohio. My first experience with this workshop (and any writers workshop, really) was two years ago. I would guess that eighty percent of the 350 attendees were woman like me, of a certain age like me. Throw in a few punchlines and a little wine and you have a fermenting cocktail (which I will affectionately refer to as the Dayton Dazzler)! While in the company of so much comedic virtuosos (both the faculty and the attendees), not to mention the neighbouring drum corps competition, I was able to come away profoundly inspired but also a little intimated (and moderately deaf). I wrote about this anxiety in a post-workshop post about The Burdon of Bombeck (as in, “Hi my name is Astra and it’s been sixteen days since I last wrote something funny”).
There have been so many questions posted on the attendees’ Facebook site by newbies! I feel I’d be doing my part as a veteran Ermatolgist (as coined by the ever wit-faced Amy Sherman) to address them so the freshman Ermatologists have as much fun as us upperclassmen!
Do people have wine in their hotel room?
You don’t get out much do you? People have wine in the hallways, in the bathrooms and occasionally even in the bar. Bring it.
Do I really need to bring business cards?
You must have some other mechanism by which to make yourself truly unforgettable. Bring it on.
Is it okay to wear bathrobes and fuzzy slippers to the sessions?
Not many people can rock that look but if you can … I say bring it!.
Carry-on or checking a suitcase?
You can’t take liquids in a carry-on (unless three ounces is what you call a drink, in which case we likely won’t meet this weekend), so I say bring it (the suitcase that is)!
Will there be t-shirts?
There will be t-shirts, glowsticks and glow necklaces, Hang Ten foam fingers, sun-visors, ball caps, slotted sunglasses, and over-sized multi-coloured beach balls.
I’m actually not 100% sure about any of that but it will be an event worthy of such rockin’ stuff!
Do people change for dinner?
Absolutely; I’m a totally different person at dinner. Who isn’t?
What goes on Saturday night?
What happens in Dayton, stays in Dayton (that’s all I’m gonna say)!
What a difference two years makes!
Can’t wait to be Dayton Dazzled and Bombecked!