Tuesday, May 12, 2009


You may have heard of six-word memoirs. "Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: 'For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.' In this spirit of simple yet profound brevity, the online magazine Smith asked readers to write the story of their own lives in a single sentence." (Source: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18768430)

Write your own story. Can you write your own six-word memoir? See examples at the Smith magazine site (click the links under "Share a Story with Us" in the left sidebar) or see examples with visuals at the NPR Six-Word Memoir gallery. If you are comfortable sharing, please submit your “memoir” as a comment on our blog.


  1. While I'm not sure it is a story, my six word memoir would be:
    Family, curiosity, sports, education, thoughtful, loving...
    Coming up with six words to describe one's life is not an easy task!

  2. Busy. Busy. Busy. So very busy.

  3. Can't stop thinking, creating, believing, learning.

  4. Very curious: Need answers. Will listen.

  5. Lived! Loved! Learned! Made a difference?