“Six Words Live” shows, held at venues throughout the country, take the Six-Word Memoir form to great new places. Each storyteller starts with a six-word teaser and then reveals the backstory in 6 to 10 minutes. At the end of the show, everyone in the audience is invited to share a Six-Word Memoir in a participatory Six-Word Slam.
At a recent story show on a glorious houseboat in Sausalito (upper deck!), as part of SF’s Litquake Festival, we asked each storytellers to share a story based on the theme “Loose Lips, Sink Ships.” Here are the all-true tales from three storytelling pros: Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman; legendary fiction, nonfiction writer and journalist Joyce Maynard; and raconteur and memoirist, Joe Loya.
“Con Air is not a comfortable way to travel. As bad as coach is these days, it does not involve full shackles.” —Piper Kerman
“I became known as a teller of difficult stories and somebody who talked about things that other people didn’t talk about. But this remained, almost uniquely, among my life experiences, a story I did not tell.” —Joyce Maynard
“When Barnes & Noble opened at 10am my family is over there getting the book to find out what I said about them. By five o’clock—slow readers—they have gone through the 350 pages and they have now called my dad to bitch and moan.”