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Freelance Writing Direct: Conversations with authors, journalists, novelists, memoirists, niche writers, agents, publishers, writing teachers, assigning editors and media experts.

Nov 9, 2023

In this episode:

  • Teri’s process for writing about herself in her book

  • How a small every day moment can be universal through writing

  • How Teri structured her book to encompass different topics

  • The practice of elevating your readers with your writing

  • Writing with humor.

  • Why the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop registration is an appointment event

Teri Rizvi is the founder and director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop at the University of Dayton, where she serves as executive director of strategic communications. 

She is the author of One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories and the co-editor of Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now ... Before We Forget and Sisters!, Bonded by Love and Laughter, both published in conjunction with the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Her essay “Living in the Moment” appeared in Fast Fierce Women (Woodhall Press, 2022).

Her essays and feature stories have appeared in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (London), University of Dayton Magazine and the Dayton Daily News, among other print and online media.


Connect with Teri


Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop:


Connect with Estelle:

Her website: (sign up for her newsletter and receive her free pitching guide).

Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published:

Adjunct Instructor, NYU (Sign up for her latest classes)

Her Substack (with craft advice and writing opportunities)


X (formerly Twitter):


Blue Sky:


Estelle’s interview with Zibby Owens on Freelance Writing Direct

Estelle’s Interview in Freedom with Writing:


Her Interviews  for Inc. Magazine

17 Small Changes That Will Make Your Writing Irresistible, According to An NYU Writing Professor:

How Smart People Use the Empathy Rule to Make Sure Their Emails Get Read: