Would you like to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week AND win a nifty key chain?
This week, the online magazine Smith is sponsoring a writing contest about teachers.
You can only use six words.
You see, Smith is famous for its six-word memoir challenge —
The clever test of wordsmithing based on an old tale about Earnest Hemingway.
Legend has it that Mr. H. once made a bet that he could write a complete story in only six words.
His winning tale?
For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.
While it’s most likely that the legend itself is actually a work of fiction, you can bet your bottom dollar that the six-word story is a terrific writing exercise.
Here are few fun memoir examples to get you in the swing —
The miserable childhood leads to royalties.
~ Frank McCourt
Well, I thought it was funny.
Couldn't cope so I wrote songs.
Grew taller. But, alas, never matured.
And for all of the wonderful teachers in my life —
What?! They DON’T live at school??
PROMPT: Enter this week’s six-word teacher appreciation contest here. Or if memoir is more your cup of tea, enter your super six-word life story here.
Who knows? You might win a fabulous prize or end up in Smith’s next compilation! For inspiration, pick up a copy of Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure edited by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith.
And how can I resist a “six pack” of instructions just for you?
Life’s all material — so write on!