"It was great to watch the kids laugh and respond, " says Hauser, "I don't get to see an audience react in person like that!"
Hauser read from What Happens at the Splash Pad Stays at the Splash Pad. "During the workshop I talked about writing what we see every day as a way to stimulate creativity," says Hauser, "And I wrote the splash pad story earlier this summer in exactly that way: to overcome a block I was experiencing. I didn't know they'd find it that funny! But there is a wedgie in the story... and wedgies are always funny, I guess."
The writing workshop covered highlights of writing for a newspaper, writing non-fiction, specifically, and the art of writing funny so that you're laughing "with" your audience versus laughing "at" anyone in particular.
"It's great working with kids," says Hauser, who has just begun to work with schools and other groups, "There's so little self-consciousness in children and so much innate creativity - no one has killed their artistic buzz yet!"
To book Michelle Hauser for a free writing workshop for your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org.