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Six-Word Memoirs is a project founded by the U.S.-based online storytelling magazine Smith Magazine. Like that publication, Six-Word Memoirs seek to provide a platform for storytelling in all its forms.
Smith was founded January 6, 2006, by Larry Smith and Tim Barko. Taking a cue from novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, according to literary legend, was once challenged to write a short story in only six words, Smith Magazine set out to do the same. The six-word story attributed to the famous author read: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
In November 2006, Smith's editors Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser gave the six-word story a personal twist, asking Smith readers to tell their life story in just six words. Smith readers submitted their six-words via www.smithmag.net, and Smith's Twitter account. In early 2007, Smith signed with Harper Perennial to create the Six-Word Memoir book series.
Six-Word Memoir books
The first in Smith's Six-Word Memoir book series, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure was released in early 2008.
As a romantic follow-up to Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure, Smith released Six-Word Memoirs on Love Heartbreak in early 2009. It contains hundreds of personal stories about romance. The editors of Smith asked dozens of writers "famous and obscure" to compose six-word memoirs.
Released September 1, 2009, I Can't Keep My Own Secrets—Six-Word Memoirs by Teens: Famous & Obscure, was the first Six-Word Memoir book devoted entirely to teenagers. Smith launched Smith Teens in June 2008. The book features famous and everyday teens from The United States and abroad.
- Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure was listed on Amazon's Best Books of 2008 list at number 69.
- In April 2009, The Denver Post listed Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: By Writers Famous and Obscure as the 5th bestselling non-fiction paperback  in the Denver area according to sales at the Tattered Cover Book Store, Barnes & Noble in Greenwood Village, the Boulder Book Store , and Border's Books in Lone Tree.
- Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure was listed as a New York Times bestseller  in 2008. It was grouped in the paperback section of the "advice, how to and miscellaneous section."
The Six-Word Memoir format has been used as a writing exercise for teachers, ranging from second-grade classrooms to graduate schools. HarperCollins created a teacher's guide to encourage the Six-Word Memoir form as a tool for teaching. Six-Word Memoirs have been employed as tools in hospital wards, appeared in a eulogy, and suggested as a form of prayer by a preacher in North Carolina. Six-Word Memoir videos from individuals ranging from teenager Micahsamaniac (a YouTube user) and bestselling author Daniel Handler have been posted to YouTube. 6 Words Minneapolis, a public art project, employed the form to build community and empathy among citizens living in the same large city.
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- "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure (Paperback)". ISBN 0061374059.
- "Say It All in Six Words". The New Yorker.
- "Talk of the Nation and Smith Magazine". Amazon.
- Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak. Harper Collins. 2009-10-06. ISBN 9780061714627.
- "Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure". Barnes & Noble.
- "I Can't Keep My Own Secrets". Harper Teen.
- "The Short, Happy Lives of Teachers". Education Week. July 9, 2008.
- Larry Smith (August 3, 2008). "Mrs. Nixon's Third-Graders' Six-Word Storybook".
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-03-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Larry Smith (October 8, 2008). ""Fat man eats pie then farts"—Six-Words in Hospitals".
- https://web.archive.org/web/20110813042519/http://carebearc.livejournal.com/482014.html. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2009. Missing or empty
- Micah Gray (April 3, 2008). My Life in 6 Words. Youtube.com.
- SixWords (February 1, 2009). Daniel Handler reads Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak. Youtube.com.
- Emily Lloyd (April 23, 2013). 6 Words Minneapolis: a participatory public art project.