The creative folks at SMITH magazine take the adage “less is more” to heart—and to great effect. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary six-word novel (“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”), SMITH launched the “Six-Word Memoir” project in 2006 to challenge people from all walks to write their personal stories in six words. These pithy memoirs run the gamut from silly to serious, from collective experience to a specific personal memory. They link people together, helping to form connections across time and space. That’s why we asked a few alumni to write Six-Word Memoirs of their time at Candler. As we reflect on our alma mater’s narrative this fall, may this fun and meaningful exercise in community resonate with our 7,800 alumni throughout the globe.

Six-Word Memoirs