Mary Jo here. Are you familiar with the six word story? Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was sitting in a bar (naturally!) when he was challenged to tell a complete story in as few words as possible. He replied:
For sale. Baby shoes, never worn.
And there it is–a poignant six word story of hope and loss.
More recently, the idea of a six word memoir has been crystallized by Larry Smith in the Smith Magazine , an online publication devoted to populist story telling. Everyone is invited to participate. The tagline on the homepage of the website is a neat six words:
"Everyone has a story. What's yours?"