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Putting My Name In The Hat

Photo of Erma Bombeck for Robb Lightfoot's website

Last week was the deadline for applications to present at the upcoming Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, April 5-7, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio.

I put a proposal together, and sent it in. I’ll keep you all posted on what happens. The idea I pitched, based on all the years of speech teaching and coaching, is that writers who can talk about their work before audiences stand a better chance of connecting with their ideal readers.

We’ll see if this is true! I picked this humor conference because, as you know, my favorite genre is humor.

Even though I’ve never had the chance to attend this workshop, I know a good deal about it. I’ve followed its activity for years now–it’s an every-other-year affair–and the slots sell out in a matter of days. I’ve bought the conference recordings and enjoyed them immensely.

Look at the event’s website to get more details. Here’s that link http://humorwriters.org/.

If you think you’re interested in attending, the time to apply is early December.

I’ll find out if I am “in” come mid June, 2017.

Grad School – Back At It

California State University Chico logo

Just a quick update for my friends. I’m officially back in Grad school, studying event management through CSU Chico’s Recreation Administration program. It’s been almost a year since I decided to return to school, and it’s exciting to be sitting here in the “Grove” of Chico State’s Meriam Library. My classes begin next week, but I’m bopping around getting familiar with its resources.

I picked the events track because I wasn’t finding what I wanted in any MFA writing programs. As you can tell from my work, I’m passionate about comedy. I looked in vain for quite some time before deciding that there just was not the sort of program that valued humor writing (in all its various forms) and comedy enough to offer it the wide curriculum it deserves. Don’t get me wrong, there are many wonderful MFA programs, but not seem to care much about the humor or other genre-centric writing. I talked to one advisor and made it clear I would like to refine my writing in part to increase its commercial potential, and the expression on this woman’s face resembled that of my mother the time I tracked doggie-doo onto her new, green-shag carpeting.

On reflection, I decided that the most helpful thing for me to do was to continue attending writing workshops and conferences, and better yet, to get in the game of offering them.

That’s how I ended up back in school. My goal is to gather working or aspiring humor writers, stand-up comics, screenwriters, playwrights and improv artists so we can learn from one another. I’ll be writing about my efforts here and over at my other blog, www.thinkingfunny.com.

Please keep in touch and feel free to offer suggestions. I’m hoping that this journey will prove helpful and mostly fun. 🙂

Robb