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The Six-word Memoir. Originating from SMITH magazine (Online) Greater New Orleans Writing Project 2008 Summer Institute . In Six words . . . Ernest Hemingway’s story: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”. In Six words . . . Divine wisdom “Savior complex makes for many disappointments.”.

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the six word memoir

The Six-word Memoir

Originating from SMITH magazine (Online)

Greater New Orleans Writing Project

2008 Summer Institute

in six words
In Six words . . .

Ernest Hemingway’s story:

“For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

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In Six words . . .

Divine wisdom

“Savior complex makes for many disappointments.”

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In Six words . . .


“A sake’ mom, not soccer mom.”

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In Six words . . .


“I’m my mother and I’m fine.”

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In Six words . . .


“Followed white rabbit. Became black sheep”

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In Six words . . .


“I grew and grew and grew”

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In Six words . . .

Carpe diem:

“Took scenic route, got in late”

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In Six words . . .


“Blogging is easy. Writing is hard”

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In Six words . . .


“I wrote it all down somewhere”

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In Six words . . .

For teachers:

“Timid teacher takes ‘tude from tykes”

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In Six words . . .

The different drummer:

“I color outside of the lines”

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In Six words . . .


“Struggling Southern eccentric finding my happiness”

gnowp memoirs
GNOWP memoirs
  • Loudmouthed introvert seeks peace and quiet.
  • Neither a fence-sitter nor a bystander.
  • Cleverness and wit, where art thou?
  • Am I really alone now?
  • The child smiles: the blade retracts.
  • Read between lines. Colored outside them.
  • Met Jack. Jumped out the box.
  • The trick it’s done by—intriguing.
  • Apologies like flying monkeys destroy thoughts.
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Six Word Memoirs Continued…
  • There is a PEZ for everyone.
  • Chocolate: a food group, not dessert.
  • Prefers icing over cherry on cake.
  • Nothing beats breaking in new shoes.
  • Smile, nod. Do it my way.
  • Sadness, anxiety: just take a pill.
  • Mirrors see sad reflections almost daily.
  • I dream of her every night.
  • I wear ten year old boots.
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Six Word Memoirs Continued…
  • I write fiction to live honestly.
  • Small victories made big: forty-four stairs.
  • Long year made short, June 11.
  • Katrina– she really blew me away.
  • Speed limits– only a strong suggestion.
  • Not afraid of change? Prove it.
  • Leaving, leaving, leaving – where to return?
  • I left last slice of pizza.
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More GNOWP memoirs
  • That’s what sorority sisters are for.
  • Now that I’m thin, you call.
  • Don’t feel like talking; text me.
  • Lost and Found. Love. God. Self.
  • Better sex than with my boyfriend.
  • Truth shall free us. Still waiting.
  • To sow, to reap, my bliss.
  • Bad juju can be overcome! Unless…
  • Whisk ‘til frothy. Garnish. Serve cold.
  • Plummeting into Hell, I discovered myself.
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In Six words . . .

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More GNOWP memoirs
  • “Wish you were here!” Not really!
  • Fleetingly outside, he thought of me.
  • Miraculously, I blossomed into life, forever.
  • Skirt from Goodwill, shoes from Saks.
  • Know the rules, screw the rules.
  • First concert: David Bowie! Forgot tickets
  • Technicolor dreams evolve to faded joys
  • The boy was good; he bad
  • Let’s go, it’s free, why not?
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Advanced Institute Memoirs
  • Compulsive list maker, subject to change.
  • Opposites attract in search for balance.
  • NOLA girl reads books, loves cats.
  • Mom of three minus sanity cubed.
  • Carpe Diem-Carpe Noche-Carpe Vida
  • Found husband in world wide web
  • Pierced, pink-haired, tattooed normal girl
  • I’m packed in under five minutes!
  • Frustrated grammar teacher: who or whom?
  • Frustrated grammar student: what’s the difference?
  • Caffeine-craving creative teacher cuts crap
  • Read, do, laugh; never grow up
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In Six words . . .

Now –

Write your own six word memoir.

  • You don’t have to be clever – just honest.
  • What quality describes you?
  • An important event in your life?
  • Your dreams, your disappointments?
  • Favorite activities?