Six Word Memoir

Found this in an email shared by a coworker. This will be part of a writing class for middle schoolers.

Can you tell your life story in six words? According to Smith Magazine, an online storytelling publication, someone once asked Ernest Hemingway to write his memoir in six words. He wrote, “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”
Since its launch in 2006, Smith has been challenging people to sketch their own stories in six words. In 2008, they published a best-selling collection of memoirs called “Not Quite What I was Planning” which has been followed by eight more anthologies. NPR, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times have all reported on the story of the memoir project.

I’ve been thinking about my Six Words. While I’m thinking, ponder yours.

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7 thoughts on “Six Word Memoir

  1. You do realize what you’ve done now. If and when I wake in the middle of the night for the next several days I’ll be thinking of this. It’s like planting a melody in someone’s head. Shame on you. Interesting though but damn…

  2. mine might be “figured out her own way forward” – and it would apply to my whole life, including when i was a difficult, rule-questioning, “but why is it done like that” kind of kid.

  3. Pingback: Six-word memoirs: You have a choice. Chose life! | All that I am, all that I ever was...

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