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A Whole Swarm Of Funny Makers

Every two years something magical happens in Dayton, Ohio.

Well, magical things might happen a lot more frequently than that in Dayton. For all I know, one of those cool new buildings downtown might be the home of a modern day Hogwarts. But, there’s one magical thing I witness there every two years.

It’s the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. It’s a writers’ conference and it’s a whole lot more.

I’ve been to many conferences for many different fields and this one is unique. Yes, it has the requisite courses and lectures and keynotes. It has vendors and banquets and cocktail parties. But, the EBWW has something else. It has heart.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley A Whole Swarm Of Funny Makers writersIt’s the only writers’ conference, or any other conference for that matter, I’ve attended where the networking has a sense of camaraderie, the lectures are uplifting and encouraging, and there are no strangers, just friends ready to meet you.

I’ve made many friends among the colleagues I’ve spent time with at the EBWW. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones this April at the 10th EBWW.

Below is a list of the websites of many present and past attendees. I’ve gathered this list to make it easier for everyone who is attending to view their colleagues’ work. I’m sharing the list because it includes a huge array of writing topics and styles, and I think that’s worth sharing with everyone.

I encourage you to visit them all. You might find another writer to add to your Must-Read list.

Be sure to tell them that Gina sent you!

Laugh Out Loud!

Websites of Attendees of EBWW (in the order in which they were submitted to me)

Lola Marguerita – Live by Surprise

Gina Valley – Gina Valley – The Glamorous Life of the Modern Day Soccer Mom

Lisa Packer – Notes From the Shallow End

Lisa Kanarek – Forgot to Tell You

Elaine Ambrose – Elaine Ambrose

Linda Maltz Wolff – Carpool Goddess – Adventures From Carpool To Empty Nest

Lisa Marlin – Lisa Marlin

Allia Zobal Nolan – Allia Writes

Janie Emaus – Janie Emaus

Marcia Kester Doyle – Menopausal Mother

Amanda Beth Hill – Hill + Pen

Becky Brown – Noodleroux

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley – Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

Sarah Honey – Thank you Honey – Where Every Day Is An Adventure

Lori Brudner Duff – Lori Duff Writes

Stacey Lowrey Gustafson – Are You Kidding Me?

Leah Vidal – Little Miss Wordy

Shannon Shelton Miller – Shannon Shelton Miller

Terry Sykes-Bradshaw – Terry Sykes-Bradshaw

Jo Salemink – Sandwich Mom on Wry

Linda M Au – Linda M.Au

Joanne Brokaw – Joanne Brokaw

Jill Brehm Enders – Jill Brehm Enders

Lou Clyde – Notes from a Nerdling

Christine Collins Cacciatore – The Life and Times of Poopwa Foley

Jackie Pick – Jackie Pick

Elizabeth Ryan Catalano – Zoe vs. the Universe

Keith Stewart – A Strong Man’s Cup of Tea

Susan Willett – Life with Dogs and Cats

Julie Burton – Bug Bytes

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp – National Society of Newspaper Columnists

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp – Bonnie Jean Feldkamp, Author at Cincinnati Family Magazine

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp – Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Sarah Hunt – Sarah Bricker Hunt

Sarah Hunt – Cincy Sarah

Maggie Millus – Barmy Bottom Hollow

Molly Stevens – Shallow Reflections – Wading through life (mostly) laughing

Lois Page Simenson – Alaskan Spark

Lee Gaitan – Lee Gaitan

Angie Klink – Angie Klink

Beth Pollak Meleski – My Bethisms

Amy Abbott – Amy Abbott Writes

Kelly McKenzie – Just TypiKel

Carol Michel – May Dreams Gardens

Risa Nye – Writer Risa Nye

Sheri Lyn Saretsky – Mothering, Marriage and Menopause

Kathy Eliscu –

Ann Morrow – Ann Morrow – Writer, Humorist, Photographer

Dorothy Rosby – Dorothy Rosby

Fred Marion – Fred Marion

Michelle Poston Combs – Rubber Shoes In Hell

Teri Foltz – Out of Teri’s Head

Kimberly Joyce Dalferes – Kim Dalferes

Kim Davis Reynolds – Kim’s Crazy Life

Michelle Terry – Lipstick and Laundry

Jocelyn Jane Cox – The Home Tome

Ginger Claremohr – Ginger Claremohr – Author, Speaker & Columnist

Anne Bardsley – Anne Bardsley – Writer

Mary Levad Lovstad – Musings of My Inner Erma Bombeck – Farm Girl Cook’n

Vikki Claflin – Laugh Lines

Alison Moran – Token Female

Anne Parris – Midlife Boulevard – Travel, Fashion, Health, and Beauty for women over 50

Colleen Dilthey Thomas – Come On Colleen

Jennifer Gregory – The Runaway Mama

Shawn Henfling – Shawn Henfling

Peggy Hill – Hidden Hills Garden

Valentine J Brkich – Small-Town Dad

Julie Vick Harber – Julie Vick, Writer

Shannan Ball Younger – Between Us Parents

Amy M. Zlatic – Amy Zlatic, Writer and Editor

Liz Dubelman – VidLit

Tori Chickering O’Connell – V. C. Chickering – Nookietown

Carol Gasser Zollinger – The Circus Is Here

Betsy Bisberg Palmer – Such a Good Eater – Tales of an Ambivalent Baker

Nikki Shields – Where Are Your Pants?

Leslie Hutchings- Digressions in a Minor Key

Sara Neal Given – It’s Like They Know Us

Tracy Lee Curtis – Tracy Lee Curtis – Humor Columnist

Laurie O’Connor Stephans – We B Late

Pam Hoerauf – Screaming Mimi

Donna Sword – Raising a Super Dog

Stephanie Mark Lewis – Once Upon Your Prime

Roxanne Jones – Boomer Haiku

Kaye Curren – Write That Thang

Lela Davidson – Lela Davidson – Story & Communications Coach

Laurette Hannon – Cracker Queen – Laurette Hannon – Southern Writer

Julie Osborne – Julie Osborne – Tales of Oz

Christine McCue – My Cape is on Backorder: Supermoms and other Fairy Tales

Jolyn Young – Desolate Ranch Wife

Chrissy Woj – Quirky Chrissy

Cindy Ratzlaff – Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff & Kathy Kinny – Queen of Your Own Life: Welcome to the Rest of Your Life

Roxanne Sicurello Chin – Not That Big A Deal

Maggie Downs – Maggie Ink

Leslie Handler – Leslie Goes Boom

Tracy Beckerman – Lost In Suburbia

Bryce Warden – Was that my out loud voice?

Renee Schafer Horton – Renee Schafer Horton

Brian Rutter – The Burb Man

Susanne Kerns – Susanne Kerns

Susanne Kerns – The Dusty Parachute

Randi Mazzella – Randi Mazzella

Karen Galatz – Muddling through Middle Age

Jennifer Belden – Mom On The Rocks

Tami Himmelfarb Wolf – Life on the Edge of my Comfort Zone

Tassie Kalas Haney – Tassie Write Now

Lynne Hensen Cobb – Lynne Cobb – Some Mid-Life Random Ramblings

Bess Kercher – MaeMucho


Be sure to check out these fun sites and to leave them some comment love!

Laugh Out Loud!


Did you find a new funny? Have you been to a conference for your profession? Anything funny happen? Did you enjoy it? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Photo courtesy of – Used with permission.

7 Responses
  • Bryce Warden
    February 1, 2018

    Thanks for putting this list together Gina!

    • gina valley
      February 1, 2018

      It was my pleasure, Bryce. It is so important for everyone to connect. This is one way to facilitate that, so it is worth the time and effort.

  • Liz
    February 1, 2018

    Heroes don’t wear capes! Because they’d get in the way when you’re typing posts like these!

    • gina valley
      February 1, 2018

      Thank you, Liz!
      I think my kids took my cape and lost it in their frighteningly messy rooms. Or, it might be in the laundry. Got an ever growing mountain of that this week! ;o)

  • Ed
    February 1, 2018

    OMG! Just saying the words Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop make me bust out laughing. My Mom and I used to sit and laugh together over her articles for hours on end. Who can ever forget the Do Not Remove This Tag Under Penalty of Law article? Wish I could attend this workshop. Thanks Gina for the late night chuckle!

    • gina valley
      February 2, 2018

      I am so glad to get to share laughs with you, Ed! The workshop is every two years. Maybe you can plan to be there in 2020! It’s a lot of fun!

  • Kaye Curren
    March 19, 2018

    Just noticed this great blog post, Gina. Nice work. Thanks for including me on your list.