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What is a 6 word memoir?

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    Six-Word Memoirs

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    Six-Word Memoirs Six-wordmemoir.jpg

    URL www.sixwordmemoirs.com/

    Type of site Online Magazine

    Launched 2006

    Six-Word Memoirs, is a project founded by the U.S.-based online storytelling magazine Smith Magazine. Like that publication, Six-Word Memoirs seek to provide a platform for storytelling in all its forms. Similar to the overall aim of Smith Magazine, Six-Word Memoirs are participatory in nature, and welcomes contributions from all its readers.

    History

    Smith was founded January 6, 2006 by Larry Smith and Tim Barko.[1] Taking a cue from novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, according to literary legend, was once challenged to write a short story in only six words, [2] Smith Magazine set out to do the same. The six-word story that started it all: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

    In November 2006, Smith's editors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser gave the six-word story a personal twist, asking Smith readers to tell their life story in just six-words. Smith readers submitted their six-words via www.smithmag.net, and Smith's Twitter account. The results were uneven, and the themes spanned different topics from love to parenthood.

    What surfaced was a collective autobiography from Smith readers as both individuals and members of the larger Smith collective. In early 2007, Smith signed with "Harper Perennial", and the Six-Word Memoir book series was born. A second, expanded version of the original was released in October 2008.

    Highlights from professional writers and artists include journalist Chuck Klosterman, "Nobody cared, then they did. Why?" pop singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, "We still don't hear a single", and comic strip artist Keith Knight "I was a Michael Jackson impersonator." The Smith team hoped to collect memoirs that would span themes and subject matter. Some read like traditional stories, 9-year old Hannah Davies, "Cursed with cancer. Blessed by friends." Others were like bumper stickers. Rip Riley: "No wife. No kids. No problems." Some were more difficult to label. Amy Sedaris: "Mushrooms. Clowns. Wands. Five. Wig. Thatched."

    In May 2008, Smith announced three new Six-Word Memoir book projects: Six Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak (due out February 2009), then a book of Six-Word Memoirs by and for teens (Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure), and a second general Six-Word Memoir sequel to the original.

    In addition to a print series, Six-Word Memoir contests are also held on www.smithmag.net which cover a range of topics and themes.

    Famous Six-Word memoirists

    In addition to everyday people with everyday stories, Smith has also attracted a number of famous Six-Word Memoirists:

    Stephen Colbert: "Well, I thought it was funny"

    Joyce Carol Oates: "Revenge is living well without you"

    Joan Rivers: "Liars, hysterectomy didn't improve sex life!"

    Aimee Mann: "Couldn't cope so I wrote songs"

    Terry McMillan: "I have to constantly reinvent myself" (to appear in an upcoming Six-Word Memoir sequel.)

    Dave Eggers: "Fifteen years since last professional haircut"

    Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli: "Xenophile escapist tumbleweed globetrots, finds self."

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  • 4 years ago

    in user-friendly terms takes 5 words. "Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself". To proceed, Jesus additionally provides, "that's the regulation and the Prophets". each thing you will possibly desire to comprehend to maintain on with Jesus is in those 5 words. advantages on your adventure!

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