Stories come alive in six words

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–Larry Smith is asking for life stories Thursday night at the Columbus Museum of Art.

But there’s a catch—you have to tell it in six words.

“There’s a legend, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a whole novel in just six words,” says the New York native.

The six-word story Hemingway is credited for? “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

Smith has taken that concept one step further and created a website called Six Word Memoirs.

“Telling stories sharing them is a form of self expression…and that is really great for the soul,” he says.

Each story can also inspire empathy. There are more than one million posted on the website and in books that Larry has created. Some of the quotes are from famous names.

The one and only Martha Stewart’s story is: “when you’re through changing, you’re through.”

“If you look at her career, she has constantly reinvented herself,” Smith said.

So, what’s his six-word story?

“Big hair, big heart…big hurry.”

Now, people of Columbus are writing as well. Smith launched his first “Six in the City” project in Columbus.

A collection of stories hangs in the hallway of the art museum.

“Time will tell, home for now.”

“A backup plan became my future.”

“I found life when mine ended.”

Smith’s event Thursday night will celebrate six months of “Six in the City” in Columbus. He is hoping to promote creativity in all of us and change for the future, and will share thousands of six-word submissions on Columbus he’s received…and some of his favorites.

“If you can engage and tell the story to the government…to the communities, to friends and family…your story of Columbus that you love that you want it to be…the things you want to change in just six words…maybe your story will be heard,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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