Six in the City: Events

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Hold your own Six-Word meet-up or gathering! Here’s how.

September 12, 2015

Creative Control Fest, 2pm
At Creative Control Fest, a grassroots initiative aimed at offering ideas, inspiration, and resources to the ethnically and culturally diverse talent from the Columbus area’s art and design sector, Larry Smith talks about how he turned his storytelling passion into a profession with SMITH Magazine. At the end of the talk, all are invited to share six-word stories about Columbus in an interactive “Six-Word Story Slam.”

September 13, 2015
Open Streets Columbus, 12-4pm
Imagine your very own urban playground. That’s Open Streets Columbus,  happening September 13th in downtown Columbus from 12-4 pm. Open Streets closes 0.6 miles of Fourth St.(between Main St. and Broad St.) opening the roads up for walking, biking, rollerskating badminton, extra-large Jenga and Twister, a rock climbing wall, roller skating, yoga, and more. Connecting it all: sharing six-word stories about what “open Columbus” means to you.

September 19-20, 2015
Independent’s Day Festival, All Day
For two days we’ll be challenging some of Columbus’ most creative folks to share six words on Columbus at our interactive installation at ID 15. Throughout the festival, all are invited to pin their Six-Word story onto a six-word line to be seen by all who pass by. The best six-worders will be featured in our new Six in the City: Columbus T-shirt.

September 26, 2015
Dress for Success’ “Success Insight” Conference
In the final program at “Success InSight,” an innovative day of empowerment for Dress for Success Columbus clients, Larry Smith shares his insights about how short-form storytelling can empower you to get to the essence of who you are and what you want, all the while helping you to focus and achieve your goals.

October 5, 2015

Diane Warren, Katzinger's

Diane Warren, Katzinger’s

Katzinger’s Meetup, 6:30-8pm
Join Diane Warren, owner of Columbus’ legendary deli Katzinger’s, along with Larry Smith, for a night of six-word stories. You’re invited to come eat, drink, and tell
 your story in six words—about Columbus, about Katzinger’s, or about other part of your life. Diane will share the story behind her shop’s origins, summed up in these six words: “Miami deli made me do it.” All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Space is limited so RSVP to

October 21, 2015
Green Columbus Meetup/Fundraiser, 6-8pm
Tad Dritz of Green Columbus and Larry Smith will lead a “Six Words on Green Columbus” engagement as part of its fall fundraiser at Woodlands Tavern.

October 23, 2015
Yoga on High: Six Words on Yoga, 7:30 pm
Join us in a special collaborative class taught by six teachers: Lara Falberg, Greg Fisher, Morgan Hembree, Nicole Klasa, Erin Shipley, and Michele Vinbury. Between the poses, we’ll share “six-word stories” about yoga, about Columbus, and about community. A wine and cheese reception will be the final pose. All proceeds benefit the Yoga on High Foundation, which works for veterans, prisoners, cancer patients and others to teach yoga as a source for the alleviation of anxiety and pain.

October 25, 2015
Columbus Unscripted Festival, 7pm
We’re excited to host a Six-Word Slam at Wild Goose Creative during the 4th Annual Columbus Improv Festival hosted by Columbus Unscripted. The festival features local, regional and national talent with an emphasis this year on intersection of Story, Improv and Stand Up.

November 3, 2015
Thurber House
Teen writers are invited to join us at a  Six-Words Workshop with the Young Writers’ Studio, where 9th-12th graders will write Six-Word Memoirs, share backstories and more.

December 1, 2015
Harmony Project Winter Concert
Stay tuned for exciting news about a collaboration between the Harmony Project and Six in the City to be unveiled at Harmony’s Winter Concert.

January 14, 2016
Six at Columbus Museum of Art, 6:30-8:30 ($6)
As Six in the City: Columbus hits the six-month mark, join us for a special evening at the Columbus Museum of Art for a program featuring some of the most creative work to emerge from the Six in the City: Columbus project. And stop by the Six-Word interactive exhibit that runs November 21—February 23.



About Six in the City: Columbus

Since 2006, Six-Word Memoirs (, a project of SMITH Magazine (, has helped more than one million people tell moving and insightful stories about their lives—six words at a time.

Six-Word Memoirs is excited to announce Six in the City (SITC), a program that brings Six-Word Memoirs to the communities and citizens of different cities. Six-Word creator Larry Smith moved to Columbus, Ohio in early 2015 and was immediately struck by the city’s enthusiasm, community, and openness to starting conversations about who this city is and where it’s going. With that in mind, Six in the City makes its debut in Columbus. At arts festivals, inside classrooms and community centers, in public spaces and company meetings, through writing, art, and song, Six in the City will engage and connect the people of Columbus, a citizenry perfectly poised to use this simple form of self-expression to tell their story and seek a collective identity. Along the way, Six in the City will spark thousands of conversations about the place we live.

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