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Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Pub Day Is Here!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

It’s publishing day for our new book of six-word memoirs! This one is by teens, and It. Is. Amazing.
Just over a year since we launched SMITHTeens, and more than 70,000 six-word memoirs later from a very passionate community of writers aged 13-19, we’re thrilled to announce today’s official release of I Can’t Keep My [...]

Call for Submissions: 5 Minutes for Special Needs + 6 Words for Memoirs

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

5 Minutes for Special Needs, a really wonderful website that offers support and insight to both people with special needs and loved ones of those with special needs, is currently running a SMITH-inspired contest for six-word memoirs and we couldn’t be happier. Winners will be announced next Friday and included in the prizes is an [...]

SMITHTeens Turns One With—Book, Video, Twitter

Monday, August 17th, 2009

A year ago we launched SMITHTeens, as Rachel blogged about last August. We launched the site as a simple way to collect six-word memoirs for a book of six-worders by teens. Then we got out of the way. What happened next? The teens blew us away. From the heart (”I am in a love pentagon”) [...]

Best Media Day Ever. Or right up there…

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I woke up on the West Coast to a triple shot of great coverage and kind words from three different sources. For those among our crowd who track such meta-SMITH things, here’s the highlight reel.
SMITH Magazine is FlavorWire’s (the daily blog of the cultural curatoring mavens Flavorpill), Daily Dose Pick for July 16. Eli Dvorkin [...]

Member of the Week: Robin Templeton

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

This week’s Member of the Week is something of a famous one in a storytelling world that plays with the line between the professional and amateur, the celebrity and unknown. Robin Templeton is the author of the first six-word memoir that appears in the first book: “After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.” Her short, short [...]

Six-Worders by the Girls of Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

It takes an interesting type of young woman to spend her free time beating people up while wearing roller skates. I discovered this recently when I met up with the girls of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York City’s only all female roller derby league, to collect six-word memoirs on the derby life. While these [...]

Contest: Six Words on “Why You Didn’t Call Back”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

We heard many amazing stories while on tour for Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak. As we went from bookstore to bookstore meeting six-word memoirists, they shared a lot of love, and even more heartbreak. Yet hope springs eternal, and at Tattered Cover Books in Denver, we met author and dating coach Rachel Greenwald*, who’s [...]

And the Winners of the Six-Word Housing Story Contest Are…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

To celebrate our excerpt of Gimme Shelter and interview with author Mary Elizabeth Williams, we held a little contest: What’s your six-word housing story? More than 200 of you left your six words in the comments section of her interview as well as below the initial contest call.

CONTEST: Your six-word travel stories

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Over at Memoirville, we’ve published Rebecca Touger’s interview with Susan Jane Gilman, author of Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven. Gilman chronicles her 1986 trip through China: “[We went] on a romantic impulse, hoping to become female Bryons and Kerouacs and impress the world with our derring-do. Instead, we found ourselves in a foreign [...]

Contest: “SOUTH BY SIX WORD” Challenge

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

On the opening day of SXSWi, I learned that handing a cop a Monopoly “get out of jail free card” will get you out of a speeding ticket (courtesy of spiky-headed Brian Brushwood at his “Scam Your Way Into Anything or From Anybody” talk), the line “Maybe someone would have uploaded a transcript to Compuserve [...]

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