Short, short stories

10 words…

Updated on Snopes.com is the claim that Ernest Hemingway once won a bet for writing a six-word story (the jury is still out, says Snopes).

Back in April, we actually used the idea with students studying Spanish at IH Barcelona, as the basis for a mini-writing project, which was fun — Mi vida en solo 6 palabras (My life in just 6 words).

You might try the same — though you might also consider giving them more words (Hemingway supposedly had a limit of 10), with 25 or 100 giving your students a little more scope for actually writing coherent text.

Snopes has an alternative: how about a story containing religion, royalty, sex and mystery… ,-) ?

Related posts >> Mini-sagas and 100-word stories

Bookmark the permalink.

Join (or start!) the conversation