The Six-Word Memoir Blog

Six in the World: On the Rocks, in the Stacks

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

By Alyssa Jocson

Where in the world are Six-Word Memoirs? Everywhere. Here’s a round-up of recent Six-Word Memoir projects across the globe.

Six With Sangria. “My life motto fail forward fast.” “Creatively avoided getting a real job.” “Still looking, rather just be found.” Kathryn and her friends enjoy their sangria parties by playing Six-Word Memoirs as a game. Not sure which comes first, the sangria or the memoirs. In either case, the combination is appealing. And good news: we’re releasing an official Six-Word Memoir game later this year. Stay tuned.

Six on the Streets. “Wandering among strangers: friends and family.” ‘Living by philosophy, hoping by dreams.” English teacher Denée Tyler has her class display their Six-Word Memoirs in a new way. Written in chalk, memoirs stretch across the sidewalk.

A Trip, in Six. “Songs never stopped, the sun did.” ‘Rudder broke, paddle hard, or capsize!” ” The ground can be my home.” Students of the Island School in the Bahamas reflect on recent trips they made.

Six, Flippped: “Teachers can be the worst students.” “Smell morning. Rise. Rhythm sweet. Alive.” We see a lot of teachers asking their students to write Six-Word Memoirs, but usually not the other way around. The Braddock Times newspaper staff of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in Miami collected Six-Word Memoirs from several of the school’s teachers.

Six in the Stacks. “I doubt too much, but live.” “I am adopted, I am saved.” “Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster.” Last fall, the Broome County Public Library of Binghamton, NY invited local teens to write Six-Word Memoirs to be displayed in the library building–and now on the library blog.

Got a Six-Word Memoir project? Let us know. Teachers: check out our free teachers’ guides here.


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