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The Narrative Essay. What is a Narrative Essay?. A written account of a true story about something significant in the writer’s life. Book-Length Examples: The Diary of Anne Frank A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas The Story of my Life (by Helen Keller).

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what is a narrative essay
What is a Narrative Essay?
  • A written account of a true story about something significant in the writer’s life.
  • Book-Length Examples:
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
  • The Story of my Life (by Helen Keller)
what is the purpose of narrative writing
What is the Purposeof Narrative Writing?
  • To Express or Share (Communicate)
  • To Entertain
  • To Reveal Ourselves to Ourselves
  • To Reveal Ourselves to Others
  • To fill the need for intimacy or nontrivial human contact
elements of narrative writing
Elements of Narrative Writing
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Conflict
  • Voice
finding a topic for your narrative essay
Finding a Topic for Your Narrative Essay
  • Moments of enlightenment or coming to knowledge: understanding jealousy for the first time, seeing a truth you had previously overlooked
  • Passages from one realm to the next: from innocence to experience, from outside to insider, from enemy to friend
  • Confrontation with the unknown: with people or situations that challenged or threatened your values or identity
  • Moments of crisis
  • Problems with people
  • Problem accepting limitations and necessities
  • Lessons Learned
presentation by kim groninga

Presentation by Kim Groninga

List on slide 5 from Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing