Narrative Essay


Narrative essays are a unique form of persuasive writing. The genre bears strongest resemblance to a short story, but ultimately narratives separate themselves from simple fiction because they have meaning. Your narrative essay will also be, ideally, written in first person. Aside from those general guidelines, the world is very much yours to explore. You may write about school, friends, family, or that sweet, elderly woman you helped once at the grocery store when you were seven. Your story may span a lengthy period of time or take place entirely within a few short moments. In either case, bring your reader into the moment. Share meaning through experience, the way you encountered it, as you narrate a part of your life.

Your first draft should be posted to Drive by 11 pm on Friday, September 13. Let’s aim for about ten paragraphs. Follow the formatting conventions you see here: 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced. An MLA heading should appear at the top-left of your first page; every page after merely needs your last name and page number at top-right. Center your title, bold nothing, and indent each paragraph’s first line one-half inch (just hit tab). Over the upcoming weekend, you will be reviewing and commenting on your teammates’ papers in Drive. Stay mindful that what you write will be shared with your classmates but, more than anything, enjoy the story you share with us. We will enjoy reading it.

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