Six Word Memoirs

When you signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program (you ARE signed up, yes?), you received (in your swag bag) a brochure listing all this summer's activities for teens.

One of the upcoming activities is a writers' workshop for SIX WORD MEMOIRS and FLASH FICTION. You can sign up for this workshop, which will be on Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library, by emailing, but we thought we'd give you a preview here on the blog.

Six-Word Memoirs aren't our idea--Smith Magazine started it all back in 2006, when they published a six-word story attributed to author Ernest Hemingway:

and challenged others to write their own. The response was amazing, and resulted in the publication of three books, two of which we have in the collection at the Central Library:

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure

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There is also a whole website dedicated to the publication of new six-word memoirs every day, and there's a teen page here. We encourage you to go check them out (the books or the website), and if you are inspired to write one (or more) and don't mind sharing, please send them to us and we will publish them on the blog and on our Facebook page! It's also an opportunity (if you like) to be artistic and make your six-word memoir look pretty! (If you are keeping a sketchbook, put it in there!) Put the words over a photo that complements it; use some fun type; or make drawings, and save as a .jpg or a .png. Here are some samples from the Gallery of Sixes Flickr page:

Be inspired! And after writing a few six-word memoirs, flash fiction will look positively generous! (100 to 300 words) We hope you will join us for this fun workshop in July!

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