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Introducing the Personal Narrative (Writing Workshop I)

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Meredith Lange

on 12 September 2016

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Transcript of Introducing the Personal Narrative (Writing Workshop I)

Writing A Personal Narrative
Parts of a Story
Step 1: Brainstorm Events
Body Paragraph
Since a narrative relies on delicate experiences, it typically is in the shape of a story. These may include the design, setting, characters, climax, and ending. A personal narrative is usually packed with interesting and specific details to help grab the reader's attention.
What Is A Personal Narrative?
Ideas & Topics
Your Task
Introducing The Personal Narrative
A personal story which offers details, analysis and a personal opinion from a particular memory or event, experienced by the writer (author). The personal narrative is told in chronological order and has a beginning, middle, and end.
Each one of us has experiences, both good and bad, that help to shape who we are. Writing a personal narrative gives the writer a chance to write a story about an experience and reflect on how that experience contributed to the person he or she is.
Over the course of the next few weeks, you will be working on a personal narrative. Your personal narrative will focus on ONE key event from your life. This event should not only be important to you, but should also be an event that helped make you who you are today. This assignment should include correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
•Choose an event
•Describe that event
•Explain how that event made you into the person you are today.
•How will this event influence future choices that you make after you graduate high school, go to college, and get a job?
What To Include
It is ideal to begin with a paragraph that will introduce the experience and will communicate its significance. This technique promises that your audience will know how important the experience is to you, as the author, as they go through the entire piece.

Another effective technique is to begin your narrative right away and explaining its significance at the very end. This approach allows the reader to develop their own perspective and give a suitable importance to the experience on their own.
Repeat the significance of the event
Include sensory descriptions that make the reader feel like they were there. What did you see/feel/hear/smell/taste?
Include details that make the story come to LIFE!
Bring it back to the present. How did this event make you who you are today?
A Childhood Memory
Achieving a Goal
A Failure
An event that caused a prominent change to happen in your life
A Realization
A Story Relating To Your Best Friend
My Biggest Mistake
Most Embarrasing Moment
Happiest Moment
Choose one of the events from your writing inspiration list
and begin your outline!
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