Young Writers Workshop

One of the outstanding events of the summer of 2013 was the Young Writers Workshop I taught, sponsored by the Branson Arts Council.  What an amazing group of talented authors!

Ages 9 and up participated in two sessions for a week-long focus on short forms of writing.  We wrote poems, flash fiction, six-word-memoirs, character sketches, and some pretty crazy journal entries!  The week ended with an author fair, featuring a dozen authors from the Missouri and Arkansas areas, and the students’ work was published in an anthology book for them to keep!

We’re looking forward to doing it again soon, and hope to expand the literary arts in the Ozarks – for young people and the young at heart!

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Six-Word Memoirs

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Not Quite What I Was Planning - Six-Word Memoirs by Famous & Obscure Writers

You never know what chance meeting will ignite a new passion.  Take my recent encounter at a writer’s workshop.  I met Beth Carter, a published six-word memoirist, and purchased a book on the subject from SMITH Magazine.

Hmmm…sum up your life in just six words.  That sounds impossible, but is a surprising brain game and exercise in putting life in perspective.  It’s like hip haiku.  Can’t fit your whole experience into 6 words?  Try a season, or an event, or a single memory, or even one fleeting emotional moment.

Here are a few from my submissions at the SMITH Magazine website, where anyone can post their 6-word memoirs in a variety of categories: Happiness, Work, Love, Family, Life, even Food.

  • Help Wanted: Intelligent Need Not Apply.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Can’t Find Strength.
  • I never heard my mother swear.
  • Half-empty? Half-full? Need a smaller glass.
  • If anyone asks, it was me.
  • Different man. Different bruises. Same stupid.
  • Stroke at 35. Who am I?
  • Last child becomes an early orphan.
  • 7 eggs, 4 chicks. Wrong again.
  • My kids are funnier than I.
  • He failed at everything but me.
  • No one was surprised except me.
  • Controversial? Only if it’s not you.
  • Born here. Homesick for anywhere else.

And how about a few just for Fall…

  • Heaven in a toasted marshmallow – Campfires.
    Leaves fall with promises to return.
    Sweaters and Swimsuits trade winter accommodations.

Try your hand at a few of these addictive brain benders, then share below in the comment box. What’s your memoir?

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