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The above 6 words are said to be a story written by Ernest Hemingway - the shortest of short stories. While they certainly don't provide all the details, those six words imply both character and conflict, and carry a powerful tone of loss which is conveyed through diction and punctuation.
Your task is to begin the process of composing your own "six-word memoir"! A memoir is a creatively-told narrative that reveals a true event or sequence of events in your life.
Step 1: Brainstorm!
--> Your goal is to come up with a list of experiences, challenges, accomplishments, etc. that capture some part of your story (stories) - something that has impacted or showcases who you are. (You may want to use the list of "tribes" you belong to, which you compiled after reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, as a starting point!)
Step 2: Draft!
--> Compose at least 5 six-word memoirs. They may all attempt to capture the same story, or they may each refer to different moments in your life. Play around with your diction (word choice) and your use of punctuation marks to get as much as possible out of those six words!
Brainstorm & drafts are due at the beginning of class on Monday, 9/21. (10 pts.)