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The people in this illustration from the workshop's opening dinner and awards presentation are Mary Oves, left, and Jillian Van Hefty, two winners of A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.

The cheesecake was delicious.

Artist's Note

At the first dinner, of the workshop, I sat opposite this year’s winner. In anticipation of the awards and what the food would be like, everyone was a bit nervous. I made friends immediately with those adjacent to me, but I think I upset one editor who I knew beforehand — and we had a disagreement about the current state of humor, no joke. I was also a little self-conscious that I may have been coming off as rude to others I didn’t speak with, preoccupied with drawing …


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