As my students and I work through narrative modes during the first term of the school year, I like to expose them to contemporary narrative forms as well. One of these contemporary forms is the Six-Word Memoir, which is simply a life story told in 6 words.
Since their introduction to the literary world in 2006, Six-Word Memoirs have gained in popularity through Smith Magazine's webbsite (Smith Magazine: Home of the Six-Word Memoir Project) and the publication of four books edited by Rachel Fershleiser and founder, Larry Smith:
- Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure, 2008
- Six-Word Memoirs On Love and Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure, 2009
- I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs By Teens Famous & Obscure, 2009
- It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, 2010
Because many students have never heard of this form before and six words doesn't sound like much writing, they're intrigued and they believe writing six words about themselves won't be a difficult task. By the time we begin writing Six-Word Memoirs, however, they're stumped in finding the right words to share their stories.