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Gina Barreca - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Nonfiction?


Is it harder to write funny or sad? Much harder to write funny, because when you write funny, you always have to double: sad, you just have to have people understand one note, but to get people to laugh with you, they have to understand you on several different levels.

Long form or short form?

Short form.

Poetry or prose?


Boxers or kickboxers?


Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that?

The Bible.

Cloned or frozen?


Book you read and reread?

The collected works of Dorothy Parker.

When writing is going well…

it isn’t.

Desert Island Book?

How To Get Off a Desert Island.

Gina Barreca, author of ten books and editor of 11 others, is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and the winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Hailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane." Her weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Gina is a member of the Friars Club and an honoree of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. She is the author most recently of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? which was an ELLE Reader’s Prize selection, and her earlier books include It's Not That I'm Bitter, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.

Her website is and she is Gina Barreca on Facebook, @gina.barreca on Instagram, and @TheGinaBarreca on Twitter.


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