Six Word Memoir Contest

Monday, January 9 – Friday, January 27, 2023
Writing the story of your life could take years… but what if you used only six words?

January 9, 2023

Events > Six Word Memoir Contest

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Monday, January 9
to Friday, January 27, 2023
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    “Within book pages, she found herself.”

    All Participants

    Quiet, until I can’t stop talking.

    Shuffling feet Tap danced Just yesterday

    Immigrant gathers wildflowers in welcoming fields

    Handlebars sprout wings. Pedals vanish. Soaring!

    Was born, am living, will die.

    Adventure from nothing to ever after.

    Always a new day for me.

    Have a new look forward to.

    I’m not perfect, but that’s ok.

    Taught Spanish Bilingual Children, Retired Now.

    Food is good, when shared together!

    Tea for two. Me and you!

    I am growing old very fast.

    I really like cheese a lot.

    Clay wedged and thrown to perfection.

    Within book pages, she found herself.

    Books brought her soul to life.

    Have a lot. Still sometimes lonely.

    Walk, sniff, bark, eat, sleep, repeat.


    “I’m books. And SO much more.”

    Berlin-Peck Memorial Library’s Six Word Memoir


    “Scoop. Brew. Pour. Sip. Smile. Ahhhh.”

    Michelle Hix


    “Recipe for failure. Changed my ingredients.”

    Antonee Boykin

    Writing the story of your life could take years—but what about writing a truth about yourself or an experience in your life… using only six words?

    Six-Word Memoirs® were created by Larry Smith, the founder of SMITH Magazine, in 2006 and are “a simple, creative way to get to the essence of anything—from the breaking news of the day to your own life and the way you live it.”


    Write Your 6 Word Memoir

    We invite you to create and share your own Six-Word Memoir with us between January 9-27. You can submit your memoir (or memoirs!) below, or visit the Reference Desk.

    All memoirs will be shared anonymously in our February display case, and everyone who submits a memoir will receive a personalized bookmark with their memoir on it.

    Need inspiration? Check out Six-Word Memoirs or Oprah’s Mini-Memoirs for more information and examples to get you thinking!


    Submit Your Memoir

    Thank you to everyone who participated! The winner will be announced soon—and don’t forget to visit the library to pick up your personalized bookmark!


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