Six-Word Stories

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words.  The result: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”  One sentence, with a whole host of implications buried within those six words.  Why weren’t they worn?  Did the baby die?  Was there never a baby?  Whose baby was it/would it have been?  Maybe they were just really super ugly shoes…

As we prepare for NaNoWriMo and 15,000 words of creativity, why don’t you try your hand at brevity for a minute?  In six words exactly write three summaries of movies or books you love.

For example:     Rebellion, survival, fear: the Capitol controls. (Hunger Games)

                            Little man seeks treasure, Smaug loses.  (The Hobbit)

Write three six-word summaries and put the title of the book or movie in parentheses at the end.  If stuck for inspiration, try doing this for your summer read book, Stardust, and Eleanor & Park.

Due Friday October 3rd


This I Believe


In preparation for those dreaded college personal statements, I’d like you to work on a brief version now. What is important to you?  What makes you who you are and unique from others? Write a Personal Mission Statement reflecting your beliefs and values – remember to be brief (less than 200 words)!

Due Friday September 19, 2014