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Video: Six-Word Memoirs on Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

A video reel—with a terrific soundtrack—of Six-Word Memoirs on Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll from contributors to the Six-Word Memoir project, along with some of our famous friends like Elizabeth Gilbert, Aimee Mann, Erica Jong, Adam Schlesinger, Raoul Felder, and more.

“Never too late to start living!”—Six Words from Tony Winners

Monday, June 10th, 2013

“Congrats! What’s your Tony nomination story?” was the prompt we gave Tony Award nominees, and from actors to scenic designers, Broadway’s best scribbled out their six-word reaction to their Tony Nomination. We shared their six words, by their own hearts and indeed hands in a photo gallery—you can see some of Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch favorite sixes in [...]

“Nora, Hope We Got it Right”—Six Words from Tony Nominees

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Regular readers and writers on the Six-Word Memoir project know that some of the best sixes come in moments that mean the most to us. So in 2010, when prolific sixer and Director of Communications at The Broadway League, Elisa Shevitz, (”Insomniac dreamer, a thousand times goodnight”; “I hear my inner Woody Allen”; “I do [...]

Searching for Sixes on June 6

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Today’s date is full of sixes. Not only is it the date 6/6, but the year is 2013 (2 + 1 + 3 = 6).
Six is a special number here at the Six-Word Memoir project. In numerology, the number 6 learns from others, cares for them, and teaches them. The number 6 builds communities by [...]

Classroom of the Week: Essex Street Academy

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This week’s featured classroom attends Essex Street Academy in NYC, a school that prides itself on its project-based focus on learning and personalized approach to education. The ninth and tenth graders taking a creative writing course with teachers Jenny Platow and Caitlin Thomas were asked to write Six-Word Memoirs after thoroughly analyzing the book, I [...]

Classroom of the Month: San Francisco Day School

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

“For the shy poets, taking a risk in six words to share a secret, a memory, or a fear is easier than delving into a longer poem.”

Spring always seems to reinvigorate creativity and inspire new ideas. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter and the Six-Word Memoirs are less “Wishing for other [...]

Six-Word Memoirs of the Week in Words and Images

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Politics and Spring weather colored your Six-Word Memoirs this week. We chose a few of our favorites to illustrate, with some pretty snazzy results. To see all five of this week’s illustrated memoirs, visit SMITH Magazine’s Tumblr.

Teen Valentine’s Day Contest Winner Joins Live ‘Love & Heartbreak’ Show

Monday, February 11th, 2013

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, SMITHTeens and teen fiction community invited young romantics and cynics alike to share their stories of love and heartbreak in the form of a six-word love letter or break-up note.
We received hundreds of sixers in response, along with their brief backstories on Figment, exploring the ups, downs and unexpected loop de loops of [...]

Classroom of the Week: New Tech Academy Shares Illustrated Sixes

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

SMITH Mag’s newest book project-Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: The Art of Six-Word Memoirs by Students of the World-is as awesomely collaborative as the other seven, with a sweet scholarly twist: the Six-Word Memoirs included will be solely student written and illustrated.
Social media savvy teacher at New Tech Academy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ginger [...]

Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs—In the Classroom, in our New Book

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Every Six-Word Memoir book is a different process. They’re all bound by this simple concept—”your life in exactly six words”—but the vibe is never the same. And never has the experience of receiving the submissions been so intense and amazing as it has been for for our upcoming book, Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: [...]

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