A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran's groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

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Right now, I'm reading:
The Piano Teacher

My favorite story of all time is:
Love short stories of everyone from Raymond Carver to Shirley Jackson.

In bed I like to read:
murder mysteries

Besides SMITH, I read stories at:
various literary magazines

If you were to throw up your hands in exasperation and yell "it's the story of my life," what would you be talking about?
The Road Not Taken

What six words would I tell my teen self if I could go back in time?
Do not overthink -- be more spontaneous.

The song that encapsulates the soundtrack of my life is?
Early Morning Blues and Greens

If I could have one person read my writing on SMITH it would be?
I'd like to eavesdrop on an argument between Flannery O'Connor and Barbara Pym on its relative merits.

Schadenfreude’s Latest Memoir of 7

“BFF's suicide seemed a personal affront.”

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