Last spring, I scribbled and sketched out my career path during one of the most valuable experiences in my college career. I felt incredibly blessed to receive a full scholarship to the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

I learned how to craft a compelling personal essay. I scribbled down all the ins and outs of creating a great blog and turning it into a successful website. I listened to Amy Ephron and Alan Zweibel share how to be successful in this industry, from novel writing to humor writing.

I gained insight on memoir writing, fiction writing and how to find a literary agent. I had the honor of writing and delivering introductions for Nick Courage, an author and publishing professional, and Jenny Lawson, a blogger and author.

These instructors equipped me with tangible steps on how to write and publish a book, opening my eyes to new career aspirations. This workshop also provided instruction in writing style and voice.

The $20,000 matching gift opportunity now being offered to sustain the biennial workshop is a strong testament to the benefits of this one-of-a-kind writing experience.

Those three little words that inspired Erma — “You can write!” — inspire me today. — Bridget Lally