Six Word Stories - Tell Us What You're Doing in Just Six Words!


Six Word Stories - Tell Us What You're Doing in Just Six Words!

Tell us your story in just six words! In this group, we challenge ourselves to answer different questions about characters, writing, and life in just six words. We'd love to have you contributing, too!

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Latest Activity: Oct 11

How Group Started and Group Exercise

Hi Everyone!

On August 17, I spoke with Kamy Wicoff on Sisterhood, the Blog Radio. During our juicy conversation about and BlogHer 2009, Kamy and I talked about our love of six-word memoirs. Kamy suggested that create a six-word memoir group. So here it is. If you would like to listen to my interview with Kamy, click on the button below.

So what are six-word memoirs?
To help answer the question, I have included an excerpt from my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (December 2009 - available on You can also visit Smith Magazine, the founders of the six-word memoir movement and book series:

Excerpt - Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke -

A six-word memoir is a statement that tells a story about who you are and how you live your life. It expresses your identity, personality, emotions, family connections, personal interests, favorite things, wisdom, life philosophy/motto, beliefs, professions, and/or experiences. The rules that govern the six-word memoir writing process are very relaxed. You only need to use six words! They can come from any language you choose.

Six-word memoirs are revolutionary because they don’t require you to follow English grammar rules. What a relief! You are free to write fragmented sentences, one word descriptions followed by a period or dash, six words that mirror a grocery list, or six words no one can understand or relate to but yourself. Your six-word memoir is your gift to yourself. It can address one or more of the following areas (and other areas not mentioned below):

1) State of Being and Personal Reflection

Example: Woman seeking to understand inner self.

2) Ancestral Origins
Example: Descendant of Africans, Native Americans, Europeans

3) Family Connections


Granddaughter of women with breast cancer.

Daughter of two educators and entrepreneurs.

Sister to three creatively expressive brothers.

4) Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Age, and Gender

Example: African American. Heterosexual. Fortysomething Female. Womanist.

5) Professions

Example: Artist. Writer. Yoga Teacher. Creativity Coach.

6) Spirituality and Healing


A spiritual being having human experiences

Reiki Master Practitioner. Unitarian. Buddhist Meditator.

Refuge3/People of Color Sangha Member.

7) Popular Culture Labels

Example: Go Green BoHo BAP. Urban Debutante.

8) School Affiliations

Example: Setonite. Morganite. Howardite. Georgetown Law Grad.

9) Organizational Memberships

Example: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Member.

10) Socioeconomic Status and Residence

Example: Middle Class. U Street DC Homeowner.

11) Political Affiliation

Example: Independent Registered Voter. Barack Obama Supporter.

PS: My Six-Word Memoir News (added on 2.12.10)

Thanks everyone for joining this group and sharing such wonderful six-word memoirs! I love reading them! They inspire me!

Smith Magazine published It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure in January 2010. My six-word memoir was included: Go Green Boho BAP. Urban Debutante. The book is available on

On February 11, I hosted a creativity coaching session on Ananda Leeke Live! which discussed how to use six-word memoirs to discover who you are in the present moment and creative process. I also gave tips on how to use six-word memoirs to overcome writer's block. Click on the video below to watch the 15 minute program. Enjoy!

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Discussion Forum

Your earliest childhood 6 words

Started by AnnaBeth Hawkins Davidson. Last reply by Mary Ellen Latela Aug 28. 74 Replies


Started by Fabia Oliveira. Last reply by Pamela Michelle Mathis Jun 13. 6 Replies

Fears that come from your writing

Started by Ananda Leeke. Last reply by Diane Jortner Jan 21, 2014. 47 Replies

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Comment by Judith Hayashi on October 11, 2015 at 6:30am

Widow. lonely. grieving. living. breathing

Comment by Alyssa Mayley on October 8, 2015 at 2:01pm

Picture book; little boy—big imagination.

Comment by Starr Weathersbee on October 6, 2015 at 6:51pm

Summing me up in six words?

Comment by Linda Spreeman on September 21, 2015 at 6:21pm

Trying to be creative with entries

Comment by Zohra Shaik on September 8, 2015 at 9:24am

Start writing again with She Writes.

Comment by Katrina Katzenbach on August 10, 2015 at 9:25pm

Conquering Writer's Block Thanks, Suicide Fiction

Comment by Becky Villareal on August 4, 2015 at 7:29am

Doing Half Price book signing Saturday

Comment by Nancy Mueller on August 4, 2015 at 6:58am

Reflecting on my travels through writing

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on August 4, 2015 at 6:25am

Read Back To Work She Goes.

Comment by Donna M De Guglielmo on July 10, 2015 at 3:11pm

God fills me always in Love!!!


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