Six-Word Memoir


“Writing six word memoirs is addictive,” Kelli wrote on our writing group’s Facebook wall, as a six-word memoir. I introduced the concept during a recent group meeting, and with a willing and captive audience, I asked them each to write at least one.

“I couldn’t stop writing them,” I told the group, explaining the assignment. As I read the 11 six-word quips I had written in succession, I couldn’t help but pause around number 9 with a comment. “I know, I know. It’s probably not really fair to write so many.”

“I was just about to say that,” Kelli said.

The six-word memoir began as a group-think project in November 2006 when Smith Magazine asked readers to submit their pithy prose. Claiming inspiration from the legendary six-word challenge taken up by Ernest Hemingway in which he supposedly wrote this six word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” Smith Magazine went on to publish several books loaded with the happy, sad, and mystifying six-word shorts.


Today I am writing over at TweetSpeak Poetry. Join me there?

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Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.