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Thursday Prompt #16: Six-Word Memoirs

August 19, 2010

If you haven’t come across this site yet, you should have. It’s an initiative by SMITH Magazine asking people to write their life story in six words. There are now expanded sections with categories to base your memoir on, such as Childhood, Travel, or Revenge, but my favourite is the original life story six-word memoir.

Click the link to see examples from famous people and unknown names alike, and spend the week trying your hand at six-word memoirs. See if you can write one for every category on the website. Possibly one will inspire you to write a longer poem–will it be one of your own, or a stranger’s that you read on the site? This prompt doesn’t require you to write many words, but it does involve some deep thinking and manipulating of words. Let it inspire you to write more, or less, than you usually do in a given week. And definitely come back on Wednesday to share your favourite six-word memoirs (or other, longer material you’ve written out of this prompt) with your poeming-friends!

  1. August 19, 2010 5:40 am

    I ran across one just yesterday–inside the cap of a bottle of iced tea, of all places–and thought it was an interesting idea. A bit like your own epitaph

  2. August 20, 2010 5:50 pm

    I had a go at every prompt too.

  3. tillybud permalink
    August 22, 2010 3:01 pm

    I also tried every prompt.

  4. Peggy Goetz permalink
    August 22, 2010 8:00 pm

    Hi all, I have been away in the mountains on a hiking trip but back to poetry again. Here are my six-word memoirs:

  5. August 23, 2010 3:27 pm


    This is Alyssa from SMITH Magazine. Thanks for mentioning our six-word memoir project and inspiring your readers to write! I’ve already found two bloggers who linked to your writing prompt. I invite you and your community to share memoirs at to have the chance to be published by SMITH.

    Alyssa, SMITH Intern

  6. August 26, 2010 5:24 pm

    Messy Desk, where are today’s poems?

    Too much paper, can’t find poems

    Try writing new poems very fast

  7. Nigel likestothrowasix permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:10 am

    Tumbling dice life is a gample

  8. Nigel likestothrowasix permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:13 am

    I turned the b into m

  9. Nigel likestothrowasix permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:14 am

    I lost it all no will

  10. Nigel likestothrowasix permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:25 am

    Gamble chips like words all gone

  11. Jan Maarten Beyen permalink
    April 14, 2011 3:49 pm

    No Room
    Thank you


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