Larry Smith


Larry believes everyone has a story, and has dedicated his life to creating a level playing field where everyone is empowered and inspired to share their stories. He is the creator of the Six-Word Memoir® project, a unique and addictive form of storytelling that has launched a global phenomenon that includes a website, bestselling series of books, board game, and live events. Oprah’s O Magazine declares Larry is “on a quest to spark the creativity of aspiring writers.” Larry has led workshops in companies across the world, but says is never happier than when talking with students and  seeing how quickly that start sharing Six-Word Memoirs that zip across auditoriums, spill into halls, and often find their way to the family dinner tables. As one teachers remarked, “Larry can turn any room into a place of inspiration and delight.”

Larry first launched Six-Word Memoirs in 2006 with this simple online challenge: “Can you describe your life story in six words?” Now, more than one million stories have been posted on, countless more shared on social media and anywhere groups of people connect—from classrooms, boardrooms, veterans’ groups, and houses of faith.


Smith’s ninth book of Six-Word Memoirs —Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America (Kingswell/Disney) was recently published in collaboration with the hit ABC series, Fresh Off the Boat.

Larry is also a writer for places like The New York Times, ESPN Magazine, and Men’s Journal where assignments have taken him to Bora Bora to do yoga with NBA stars; behind the wheel of a car to compete in a demolition derby race; and to the mountains of Mexico to profile one the few people who has successfully flown a jetpack. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, the writer Piper Kerman, and their son.

Larry Smith travels from California