Twice recognized in the winners’ circle of the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Becky B Koop is currently polishing a memoir about becoming an in-law.
- 2020, Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Local Human Interest, Creating Space, shares her father-in-law’s enduring, gracious response to her ineptitude.
- 2016, Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Local Human Interest, Revealing Ink, explores an encounter that helped her release biases and preconceived judgments. Becky talks about extending the boundaries of her insecurities during that year’s Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, Whim to Revelation at HumorsWriter.org, and her winning essay, Revealing Ink, also appears in print at the University of Dayton Magazine.
Becky shares some of her life stories on stage at Story Slam Dayton. She’s won many monthly slams, qualified to the Dayton Grand Slam stage three consecutive years, and won Dayton’s Grand Slam. (Join Becky at Dayton’s StorySlam)
A self-diagnosed introvert, Becky enjoys the process of adapting her written stories for oral storytelling. She finds that storytelling helps tune her writing.
Becky found her way to the Story Slam Dayton stage through a friend and just keeps slamming.
Interested in sharing a story at Dayton’s slam? Consider Becky’s story guidelines.
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In her second decade of recovery since discovering a tendency to hover, Becky still finds the occasional need to curb the urge. Writing as BeckyB, she explores the ground between over helping and under helping. Sharing her own stories, as well as experiences of anonymous readers, BeckyB explores the boundaries, offers confessions of overstep, and delivers empathy for those willing to admit their own hovering urges.
Becky adapted a version of the AA 12-step program for helicopter addicts (‘copter parents and others). “I admit that I sometimes feel powerless over my urge to help my children, my in-law children, my grandchildren, my parents, my friends, and, let’s be brutally honest here, occasionally even complete strangers.”
Recovering over helper.
Curb the urge. Find the boundary. Ground yourself.