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March 13. 2013 3:16PM

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Six words may not seem like much, but for some writers in the Abingtons, they are the summary of a lifetime.

Abington Area Community Classroom’s (AACC) event The Six Word Slam will be held March 22 on the second floor of the Clarks Summit Borough Building at 6 p.m. It will feature the stories—told using six words each—of area residents about life in the Abingtons.

Anne Armezzani, one of the event organizers, said The Six Word Slam is a part of “Abington Area Community Classroom’s goal to bring people together and offer a creative way to share memories of living in NEPA.”

Each participant is asked to write a “slam,” consisting of six words which best represent his or her life in the Abingtons. The slams may also be accompanied by illustrations or photographs, if the author so chooses. During the event, entrants will be invited to read their slams out loud (or ask someone else to read in their place) and exlain the stories behind them. The stories will then be compiled into a printed collection, which will be distributed for display around town at local businesses and organizations.

Armezzani said the idea for the event came from Paula Baillie, who heard about the concept on the radio. It originated with Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir project, which can be found online at

“She [Baillie] brought it before our group and explained how she would love to use it as a gathering focus in Clarks Summit,” Armezzani said. “She really is the reason it is happening.”

The Six Word Slam is open to all ages, and the entry fee is $6. Coffee, tea, soda and light refreshments will be provided at the event. Pre-registration is not required, and all are welcome to attend, with or without a slam.

“We are hoping for lots of entries and a night of fun,” said Armezzani.

For additional information on the Abington Area Community Classroom offerings, visit

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