So are you funny or not? When you set out to write something meant to make readers laugh, do they laugh or groan or glaze over? This is one of the topics we’ll get into next week at the workshop. I’ve been wrestling my thoughts together as time draws closer. I even came up with a sort of measuring tool that I sent the attendees today to be looking over.
Obviously it’s not possible to cover humor in one 60-minute session, but you have to start somewhere. Children like funny poems. They like other kinds, too, especially those that speak to them of their own joys, fears, dreams, curiosities, and experiences. But for those poets who aspire to supply young readers with humor, the task is a serious matter. As being humorous always is. That’s why it’s worth setting aside a period during the workshop to talk about how and where to find that elusive youthful funny-bone.