Six word memoir
A Six-Word Memoir is storytelling tool. It is a focused way of telling a story in six words. According to literary legend the novelist Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. Hemingway’s six word story read: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
The U.S. based online storytelling Smith Magazine took this idea and asked its readers to tell their life story in just six-words. Smithreaders submitted their six-words via www.smithmag.net, and Smith's Twitter account and this gave birth to the Six-Word Memoir book series.
How to use it
- focused writing
- crystallizing a concept or idea
- providing a definition
- prioritization - going to the heart of an issue
- plenary activity
- Introduce the concept of Six Word Memoir by providing short historical background of idea.
- Show a you tube video that provides examples of six word memoirs. The following example is from SMITH Magazine: