In 2006, SMITH Magazine was born, and soon it launched its Six-Word Memoir project. The project has spawned a number of books (Not Quite What I Was Planning in 2008, I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets and Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak in 2009, It All Changed in an Instant in 2010), a following on Twitter (@sixwords, #sixwords), and many classroom and individual projects.
This month at the Robbins Library, we have a Six-Word Memoir display, and you get to help. Next time you visit the library, write a six-word memoir on the display table across from the circulation desk. You can try to sum up your whole life, or just a day or a moment. All ages are welcome to participate! We’ve already got a few extraordinary contributions*, and it’s great to see the project taking on a life of its own.
*The very first six words? “It was love at first sight.”
Here are a few more of the early contributions:
“So many books, so little time.”
“It really could have been better.”
“The best is yet to come.”
“My life is filled with love.”
“So young but not my age.”
If you can’t make it into the library, feel free to add your six words in the comments. Have fun!