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This month I am challenging teens to write six word memoirs. That’s right, you have just six words to convey all 12 to 18 years of your life! To get the creative juices flowing, here are a few examples of six word memoirs written by famous and not-so-famous authors. If you like these, stop by the library and check out NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING to find many more!

Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Elizabeth Gilbert: “Me see world! Me write stories!”

Dave Eggers: “Fifteen years since last professional haircut.”

Stephen Colbert: “Well, I thought it was funny.”

Bill Querengesser: “70 years, few tears, hairy ears.”

Dr. Jane Goodall: “Forest peace, sharing vision, always optimistic.”

Georgene Nunn: “Born in desert, still thirsty”

Harvey Pekar: “Fight, work, persevere – gain slight notoriety.”

Elizabeth Bernstein: “The psychic said I’d be richer.”

Nora Ephron: “Secret of life: marry an Italian.”

Sabra Jennings: “Extremely responsible, secretly longed for spontaneity.”

Joyce Carol Oates: “Revenge is living well, without you.”

Linda Williamson: “Painful nerd kid, happy nerd adult.”

Feeling inspired? Come to the Teen Corner before May 14th and write your own six word memoir! Show your completed memoir to a librarian at the First Floor Reference Desk and you’ll receive a small treat. 

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