Six Word Memoirs

Larry Smith, Lail Arad, Shalom Auslander, Francesca Beard, Jamie Glassman, David Mills

25/02/2012 4:00 pm

Hemingway’s legendary challenge to write a novel in six words—”For sale: baby shoes, never worn”— has unintentionally created one of the hottest modern literary trends. In 2006, SMITH Magazine gave the six-word story a personal twist, calling it the Six-Word Memoir. Now, more than half a million Six-Word Memoirs on and a bestselling book series later, SMITH Magazine comes to celebrate the release of its “Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?” — Six Words on the Jewish Life.

During a Six-Word Memoir story show, writers and performers including Lail Arad, Shalom Auslander and David Mills started with a Six-Word Memoir, and then revealed the backstory in six minutes. At the show’s end everyone was invited to share a Six-Word Memoir during a participatory Six-Word Slam.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is the founder of the storytelling communities SMITH Magazine and SMITH Teens. At SMITH, Larry created the Six-Word Memoir® project, now a bestselling book series, board game, live event series, and phenomenon that\'s used as a tool for self-expression in classrooms, boardrooms, and more across the world.

Lail Arad

Lail Arad’s songs tell little stories. Some will make you laugh. Some will make her laugh. One might make you laugh and cry at the same time. She prefers writing songs to writing biographies. 2011 was spent touring her first album \'Someone New\' which was released on the French label NotifyMusic.

Shalom Auslander

Shalom Auslander is the internationally-acclaimed novelist and memoirist of such books as Foreskin's Lament, Mother For Dinner and Hope: A Tragedy, which critics on both sides of the Atlantic have named the funniest book of the decade. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire and many others. He lives, sadly, in Los Angeles.

Francesca Beard

Francesca Beard performs poetry and runs workshops all over the world with the British Council, and is currently working on \"London Tales,\" an interactive storytelling platform for live and online participants with B3 Media, supported by The Arts Council, England, developed through residencies with The Banff Centre, Canada and The Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University.

Jamie Glassman

Jamie Glassman is a former writer and co-producer of The Ali G Show for which he gained two Emmy nominations. He didn\'t win. He has recently brought his own comic characters to BBC3, Paramount Conedy and Comedy Central and regularly performs on London stages as the bad buddhist stand-up, Ernest Pince and George St Dragon.

David Mills

David Mills is a comedy writer, stand-up and lounge singer. He’s the 2011 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and ‘Second Banana’ on London’s favourite live chat show Scott Capurro’s Position. He appears regularly at comedy and cabaret venues across London and the UK.