how to write a narrative essay
Last Updated: September 16, 2020 References Approved
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
Narration is a rhetorical style that basically just tells a story. Being able to convey events in a clear, descriptive, chronological order is important in many fields. Many times, in college, your professors will ask you to write paragraphs or entire essays using a narrative style.
A narration (or narrative) essay is structured around the goal of recounting a story. Most of the time, in introductory writing classes, students write narration essays that discuss personal stories; however, in different disciplines, you may be asked to tell a story about another person’s experience or an event.
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Narration refers to telling a story. The story can be based on real events or fiction. When we narrate, we recall the facts of what happened and relay them to someone who was not there to witness the event. A narrative essay or descriptive essay generally follows the five paragraph standard essay, but be sure to check with your instructor for specific assignment requirements.
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