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Six Words That Will Really Move You

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We love your words. We love it even more when you flesh out your words with photos and video. But every time we think we’ve seen it all, a new medium arrives to bring your six-word stories even more sharply to life. Recently, the inimitable Ken Tanabe, digital designer and professional lover, presented the six-word [...]

“Familial Christian, 70s Jesus-freak, now enlightened.” Six Words Around the World

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

You’ve been working hard. I know. I see it every night when I check my Google Alerts for the latest results in a search for “six+word+memoirs.” Six-Word Memoirs in classroom projects and in To Write Love on Her Arm events and on personal blogs. Here are some of my favorite six picks from the past [...]

Six-Word Memoirs: The Teachers’ Guides

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Since we launched the Six-Word Memoir project on this site in late 2006 and began publishing a series of books, we’ve been consistently blown away by how others have adopted the form, from six-word prayers to six-words on amazing moms (with, to six words on Internet security—and, really, everything under and over and around [...]

Video: “Six Tips for Writing Six-Word Memoirs”

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Defining your life in exactly six words can be the easiest thing in the world, or a seemingly impossible challenge. We’ve had bestselling memoirists take months to come up with a Six-Word Memoir they were happy with (seriously, one high-lit, household name sent in updates about his progress every couple months), while some of our [...]

“Trust me, you’ve got it EASY”—Six Words in High School

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I’m still a pretty young guy, so my memories of high school are still quite vivid (and still enjoyable to reminisce about). One of the highlights? Reading all of the nice things everyone had to say about how awesome I am. One thing I remember even more of though? The generic, “have a good summer” [...]

“I couldn’t survive without my iPod”: Six-Word Memoirs from 9th Graders

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Nothing inspires us more around here than when Six-Word Memoirs find their way into a classroom. In Warminster, Pennsylvania, Ms. Sifer’s 9th grade English class recently joined the challenge. All 133 students wrote six-word stories that were later hung up in her classroom and published with visual pieces on the class’s own blog site. Sifer [...]

“Curious to see what happens next” — Six Words from Teens in Bangladesh

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I asked some of my teen patrons as AISD to try the six-word memoir. AISD (American International School/Dhaka) is one of the top international schools with a population of 700 students (Pre-K-12). Our vision is to prepare students to become stewards of a just and sustainable world.
- Judyth Lessee, MS/HS Librarian, AIS/Dhaka, Bangladesh
Here’s what [...]

“Running for the ice-cream truck outside”—Six-Word Memoirs From Third Graders

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Summer has a smell, feel, and taste which are all too delicious for an eight-year-old to savor in silence. Ms. Buttiglieri and Ms. Wenning’s third-grade class at Bradford Elementary in Montclair, NJ was bursting at the seams, half-crazed—they needed an outlet that didn’t involve screaming. Paige Kennedy-Piehl stepped in a la Mary Poppins style and [...]

One Class. Six-Words. Here’s Theirs.

Monday, April 13th, 2009

“Too young. Too unaware. Quiet acceptance,” is one six-word memoir from one of Jill Keenan’s students at P.S. 128 high school in Westfield, MA. “My students are awesome,” boasts Keenan, who is clearly doing something right to have such a lovely writer in her classroom. In that spirit, she created a SMITH profile for the [...]

Dear SMITH: “Will always believe in my students”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

We’ve recently added a “backstory” feature to the Six-Word Memoir project (like a backstory that just came in about turning 50. At Falmouth High School in Falmouth, MA, Christopher Lippa’s students have had the backstory bug for months. “I had about 70 kids write six-word memoirs for this assignment,” the English teacher wrote in to [...]

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