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Six word memoirs

Posted by Kristi on August 4, 2010

Anyone heard of Smith magazine’s Six Word Memoirs?  It’s pretty much what it sounds like – describe your life or an event in your life in exactly six words.  Here’s one of mine as an example: Too much time spent reading? NO!

It sounds easy, but it can be ridiculously hard to sum up all your experiences in only six words.  Smith has published several books full of six word memoirs from both famous and ordinary people, including a version written entirely by teens, I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets (which you can check out right here at NPL).  Now they’ve got a website at where you can post your own efforts and vote on what others have submitted.  Go check it out, and if you come up with any great memoirs of your own, I’d love to see them!


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