DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop scheduled to be held at the University of Dayton’s campus has been postponed.

Due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area, the workshop which was slated to be held from March 24-26 will now be held from Oct. 20-22, according to the workshop’s Director of Communications, Teri Rizvi.

For registered attendees, the registration free will be transferred for the workshop this fall, said Rizvi. A full refund can be granted to those who would like one. To request a refund, fill out this form before Jan. 28.

For attendees who booked a room at the University of Dayton Marriott within the Erma room block, the room will be canceled and a group rate link to rebook will be sent on Feb. 1.

The Erma Bombeck Writing Competition Awards Ceremony still be held but virtually at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Keynote speakers include Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff of Queen of Your Life. This event is free, said Rizvi, but requires registration. You can register here.

According to Rizvi, spots are still open for the writers’ workshop and registration will reopen on Feb. 1. You can express interest by adding your name here.

Registration for the in-person workshop is $499 which includes keynotes, workshops, meals and full access to a virtual package. For those interested in the online-only option, the registration fee is $79. Virtual attendees can join keynote talks in real-time. Virtual-only registration is available here.

Rizvi reminded attendees that masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status and that full vaccination is highly encouraged.