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Heather Cavender

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Chapter 5: Writing to Share Experience
Rhetorical Knowledge
setting your goals...
1) Have the audience intrigued

2) Consider what they might already know.

3) Share your purpose

4) Have a stance towards your experience you are sharing.

5) Have effectiveness
Critical thinking, reading, and writing
Exploring Your Ideas With Research:

Interview and ask for detailed answers.

Record their recollections and ask for remembered dialogue.

Use photo albums and letter documents.
Writing processes
Constructing a Complete Draft:
Knowledge of Conventions

Check to make sure it adheres to conventions of:

Experiences in College...

1) will be called on to share experiences

2) help you learn more effectively because it encourages you to reflect on your academic experiences.

Narratives: stories about physical or human world.

Tend to organize our lives as ongoing narratives.

While your life is one long narrative, within it are thousands of shorter narratives.

Focus on those the most.

Writing to Share Experience for Life...
record professional experiences
participate effectively in civic life
think of a personal setting
Organizing Your Ideas and Details:

After you have generated ideas and details about your subject using invention activities and research, ask yourself these rhetorical questions:

Who is your audience?

Why might they be interested in your narrative-and how can you make them interested?

What is your purpose for writing-that is, what do you want your readers to understand about you or the event you are narrating?

Flashback: narrative technique used for displaying events “just the way it happened” and then the narrator returns to the present to reflect on the event’s significance.

Refer to P. 105 for “Options for Organization” chart
Invention: Getting Started

What do I already know about the experience that I am writing about?

What feelings, attitudes, or notions do I already have about this experience?

What questions can I ask about the experience: That is, what gaps do I have in my memory of it or knowledge about it that might help me understand what information a reader might need?

Who would know about my experience (a relative or friend)? What questions might I ask that person in an interview?

What do I know about my audience? What don’t I know that I should know? Why might they be interested in reading my text?

What might my audience already know about my subject? Why might they care about it?
To what extent will sensory details-color, shape, smell, taste-help my reader understand my topic? Why?

What visuals might I use to help my readers understand my experience?


Start your narrative with a surprising event or piece of dialogue.

Start with interesting details.

Start with a comment that might startle your readers.

Use dialogue and descriptive details.
Build your narrative to a crisis or climax.

Choose the correct verb tense.

Conclusion: Tying things together!

Review the subject’s most important aspects.
Explain the subject’s significance.

Suggest avenues for a reader’s further inquiry.
Refer back to the introduction of your narrative.

Rather than thinking of a title before you start writing, it is often more useful to construct a first draft and then consider possible titles.
When you edit and polish your writing, you make changes to sentence structures and word choices to improve your style and to make you writing clearer and more concise.
Types of Genres Include:

Personal Essay.
Literacy narrative
Magazine or newspaper essay
Accident report


Always use appropriate documentation style when documenting sources.
Successful writing about experiences which are often called narrative writing engages your readers and keeps them interested.
One of the best ways to keep the reader engaged and interested is using real dialogue. Another way is to use details and descriptions.
Readers expect the following qualities when reading a shared experience:

1. a clear sense of purpose

2. a significant purpose

3. a lively narrative - A narrative must answer the following questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?

To answer these questions, you can use the following techniques: dialogue, vivid description, point of view and climax or crisis

4. an honest representation
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