Write a Six-Word Memoir

Martha McCormickArt for Life, Philosophy & Musings4 Comments

Last winter, my daughter, one of her friends and I wrote six-word memoirs to sum up our days. This exercise was based on the very popular book called “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.”

I found it a challenging and interesting way to review my day. We shared news about a sister’s engagement, acceptance at graduate school and other big and small events.

I’ve since used Six-Word Memoirs to help groups sum up their discussions as I was facilitating character education programs for the Institute for Character Development. I find that it helps people really focus on the central idea, and saves giving lengthy reports on discussions.

This page of ideas for using it in education is fun too. Check out Assignment Redux. I hope you’ll try some of the ideas from our colleagues at the University of Iowa. They include–

  • Assignments
  • Icebreakers
  • Reflections
  • Collaborative writing

And here’s a place to post your own six-word memoir.

4 Comments on “Write a Six-Word Memoir”

  1. This would be a great idea for rounding out a group session each week. It would be neat to record in journals or somewhere for the girls to look back on the year.

  2. Pingback: Next Step Adventure » Blog Archive » Learn through Service

  3. Pingback: Next Step Adventure » Blog Archive » Learn through Service

  4. Pingback: Bright Spots | Next Step Adventure

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *