Terri Favro - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction, because my imaginary friends can do all the heavy lifting while I enjoy a wet dirty martini and do my nails. The E-Z approach to writing! Is it harder to write funny or sad? Sad is ‘way harder for me. When I try writing sad, it comes out funny. Which is disconcerting when you read something aloud that you think is heartbreaking and everyone laughs. But I’ve decided to accept it. Go ahead, laugh at my pain. Long form or short form? Long, because I can’t stop going off on tangents. I’ve discovered that if you collect all the digressions into chapters...bob’s your uncle, you’ve got a novel. Short form is harder—you have nowhere to hide the bodies of the lovelies

Ben East - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Fiction. I’m not precious, but I do need latitude. Is it harder to write funny or sad? I work for government. It’s impossible to be funny, and easy to be sad. Long form or short form? Know your audience. Poetry or prose? Flash Nonfiction Funny includes about a dozen lists. Are lists poetry or prose? And where do you stand on the word ‘listicle?’ Boxers or kickboxers? Yes. To punch and kick people who say ‘listicle.’ Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? ‘Nipples’ caught my eye in Flash Nonfiction Funny. I also lingered over ‘Before We Break for Lunch, Let Me Repeat Everything Already Said at This Meeting at Least Twice,’ because every flash anthology s

Juliana Gray - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? My piece is the result of a decade-long immersive anthropological study. I am the Dian Fossey of Yankeeland. Is it harder to write funny or sad? I'm a poet, so sad is pretty much my bailiwick. Funny is much, much tougher. Long form or short form? Short. How do novelists do it? All that typing. Poetry or prose? Ah yes, the two genders. Boxers or kickboxers? In the poetry vs. prose grudge match, I'll take the kickboxers. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Helena De Bres's "Writing Advice to My Students that Would Also Have Been Good Sex Advice for My High-School Boyfriends." Every word is sheer perfection. Cloned or frozen? I assume this question

Eufemia Fantetti - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? This is like asking me to choose between Strawberry Shortcake and Tuxedo Cake. I won't, and you can't make make me. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Neither. Much harder to write schadenfreude and spell it correctly. Long form or short form? For epic poems, I recommend sticking to lengthy. In haiku, go for short. Poetry or prose? I'll answer with a question of my own: Chocolate fountain or cheese fondue? Boxers or kickboxers? Ice dancers for the win because sequins. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Everything I've ever read. I want all the ideas. Please let me have them. Cloned or frozen? Call me when Reincarnated Vulcan is an option. Book you

Andrew Hudgins - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Yes, please. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Beats me, and both do beat me hard and often. Long form or short form? Yes, please! Poetry or prose? Yes, please, and second helpings of both. Boxers or kickboxers? Neither, thank you very much. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Ian Frazier’s “The Lamentations of the Father.” Cloned or frozen? Hand scooped, not soft serve unless soft serve is all you got. Book you read and reread? Sir Thomas Brown, Urn Burial. When writing is going well… It soon won’t. Desert Island Book? Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Andrew Hudgins Read more in the new collection, Flash Nonfiction Funny!

Allison K Williams - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Usually nonfiction, but I’m writing a YA novel right now, a modern Oliver Twist set in New York. Is it harder to write funny or sad? Funny. Sad is just telling the story, truthfully, in the best words you can make. Funny also needs technique, rhythm, timing and an actually good story. You can paper over meh source material with beautiful tragic prose, but there’s no faking funny. Long form or short form? Short on words but burning forever in your brain. Poetry or prose? Prose. I always love one poem, buy the book, and read only the poem I already love. Boxers or kickboxers? Boxers - I love their velvety ears and their fawn-and-white coats are so pretty. Cloned or froze

Beth Levine - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction Is it harder to write funny or sad? Sad. it always comes out whiney. Long form or short form? Short Poetry or prose? Prose, Dear goddess, prose. I have never understood poetry. Especially modern poetry. What makes it a poem and not just a sentence broken up randomly? Boxers or kickboxers? Boxers. But the dog breed, not the underwear. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Anything by David Sedaris. Cloned or frozen? Cremated, put in a jug and left on the mantel piece so I can still yell at everyone. Book you read and reread? Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris When writing is going well… The ice tea overfloweth and good times are had by a

Diane Payne - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Something may start as nonfiction, then turn into fiction—or vice versa. Is it harder to write funny or sad? It’s harder to write sad and way more enjoyable to publish funny. Poetry or prose? Oddly enough, sometimes people say I really liked your poem, and to me, that most certainly wasn’t a poem. When writing is going well… I feel energized and start thinking about making huge life changes. Read more in Flash Nonfiction Funny! Bio: Diane Payne’s most recent publications include:Notre Dame Review, Obra/Artiface, Reservoir, Spry Literary Review, Watershed Review, Superstition Review, Windmill Review, Tishman Review, Whiskey Island, Quarterly, Fourth River, Split Lip Rev

Chris Offutt - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? --With nonfiction you can't make things up and you already know the story. Is it harder to write funny or sad? --Much harder to write funny. If the humor doesn't work on the page, it's terrible. If something isn't sufficiently sad, all you have to do is refer to a dead pet. Long form or short form? --Short suits me better for humor. But I love a serious novel. Poetry or prose? --Poetry? Isn't that prose with line breaks, incomplete sentences, and a lot of white space? Boxers or kickboxers? --I gave up undies 35 years ago for economic reasons. I gave up kickboxing after getting kicked in the boxers. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? --A history of

Jenny Klion - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? My life has unfolded in near fictional ways, so I'd say: nonfiction. Is it harder to write funny or sad? What's funny is that when I write funny, it's sad. And vice versa. Long form or short form? Short form, because that's how much attention span I have. Also, I am very short. Poetry or prose? I'd like to say poetry, but I'm a prose person. Poets are far cooler, though. Boxers or kickboxers? For me, or my guy? Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? The screenplay and film of Groundhog Day. I really, really wish I'd thought of that. And worked with Bill Murray. Phil: "What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, a

V. Hansmann - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? Nonfiction Is it harder to write funny or sad? Sad, because sad is forever, Funny lasts but a moment. Long form or short form? As long as it takes, basically Poetry or prose? Poetry, because that's when words work hardest. Boxers or kickboxers? Briefs Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? Anything by Brian Doyle Cloned or frozen? Cloned, so no one would mistake me for an asshole. Book you read and reread? Collected Poems of Elizabeth Bishop When writing is going well… I run out of cigarettes Desert Island Book? Collected Poems of Elizabeth Bishop Bio - V. Hansmann was raised in suburban New Jersey; growing up to be neurotic, alcoholic, homosexual, and

Sarah Wesley Lemire - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction? I prefer the National Enquirer, which routinely utilizes both. Is it harder to write funny or sad? “F-u-n-n-y” because there are more letters. Long form or short form? Long, only because I usually end up taking a lot of deductions. Poetry or prose? I do my best work in sonnets. Boxers or kickboxers? Personally, I like briefs, but kickboxers could be interesting under the right circumstances. Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that? The Declaration of Independence. Cloned or frozen? No one said this was going to be a multiple choice test? Book you read and reread? The phone book. When writing is going well… I get paid. Desert Island Book? The Dummie

ABCs of Flash Writing

Woodhall editor Christopher Madden's piece "I for Intentional" appears in the "briefs" section of Spry Literary Journal, as part of a series on the ABCs of Flash Writing. Follow this alphabetical primer on writing flash, and order Woodhall's latest book, Flash Nonfiction Funny!

Flash Workshop

Woodhall editor Colin Hosten leading a flash writing workshop in Norwalk. We love receiving invitations from the local community!

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