Piper Kerman, Joyce Maynard & Joe Loya—Video From “Six Words Live” In Sausalito

“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.”
—Joe Loya

The story crew, L to R: Larry Smith, Joyce Maynard, Piper Kerman, Tricia Boczkowski, Joe Loya
Loose Lips Story Show - the crew

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1 Comment » for Piper Kerman, Joyce Maynard & Joe Loya—Video From “Six Words Live” In Sausalito
  1. Dean says:

    I sure wish there would be some shows down our way.

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