Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 2, 2011

NPR Interview & Humor Intensive Workshop

Susan O’Keefe was interviewed about Frankenstein’s Monster by the National Public Radio show To the Best of Our Knowledge, which originates out of Wisconsin. The first “official” date is this Sunday, January 2It airs at noon, Wisconsin time. It’s a two-hour show and Susan is in the first hour. 

If you want to read a beautifully written book, you should pick this one up.  Susan’s prose is poetic.

If you want to hear the interview streaming or by podcast (online for a week), go to
The show is heard in thirty states in about 150 cities, different days and times of the week.  
Here’s the link for the list of radio stations:



Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero and Audrey Vernick is the author of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? and Teach Your Buffalo To Play Drums.  They will conduct a Humor Writing Intensive on June 3rd at our summer conference titled,   Humor Is A Funny Bird.
When you try to examine it, it can disappear. So Audrey and  Olugbemisola will come at it sideways, maybe wearing funny hats. 
This intensive is for those who want to develop their craft and understand the nuances of writing humor for kids. Using a balance of lecture, discussion, exercise, and feedback, we’ll develop a toolbox of humor-writing techniques. We’ll look at old-school rules and structural methods and the myriad ways humor writers break those rules.
From idea generation all the way through revision, we’ll talk about how to develop a sort-of-funny idea into a laugh-out-loud manuscript.
You’ll leave with concrete plans for injecting humor into your work and ideas for new stories ripe with humor potential. And stomach muscles that may ache a bit from laughing just a little too hard.
Hope you can plan to come in June.  I think it has everything you could want in a conference.  I know you won’t be disappointed – everything I could possibly want as a writer and an illustrator has been included.
Talk tomorrow,


  1. That humor intensive sounds AWESOME! Count me in. I don’t write humor-based books, but I know how incorporating it into my work boosts any story. Looking forward to ALL the NJ-SCBWI conference has to offer again this year! Oh, and yes, Susan’s book is truly lovely. There is a lot to be learned from her writing. A LOT.


  2. Susan is a brilliant writer, I’m listening to the show now—can’t wait to hear what she has to say!


  3. great.. i cant wait no longer


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