Hanna Kang-Brown, Melissa Dela Merced and I designed a conversational space inspired by the six-word story exercise popularized by Ernest Hemingway. We played around with the idea quite a bit–initially we wanted to have a website that would allow users to post stories and then comment on them. Stories would always have only six words, but comments would allow more. Every day we would post a new picture to inspire stories.

Ultimately, technical difficulties arose, so we could only make the bare minimum: a site that allowed users to post only six-word stories in response to our selected picture. We created an entry form to reinforce the format; it has blanks for each word and drop down menus for punctuation.