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Narrative Essay Writing: Telling Someone's Story

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Lindsay Shepard

on 30 August 2013

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Narrative Essay Writing: Sharing Someone's Journey
Narrative Guidelines
Include all essential story elements
Have a purpose (or thesis) to your story
Choose a point of view ("I" is permitted)
Be clear, be organized, be engaging
Remember your audience
Use concrete, descriptive information
Deciding Whose Story to Tell: Guided Imagery
Someone you know.
Someone with a rich experience?
Someone with wisdom to share?
Someone who has taught you something?
Someone who inspires you?
Questions to Consider In Narrative Planning
Why do you want to learn & tell this story?
How will this shape what you ask & then tell?
What info will your audience need in order to follow?
What attitudes might they have about your topic?
What is your interviewee willing to share?
What is appropriate to share?
What attitude do you want to project?
How present do you want to be?

Be interested
Be inquisitive
Be sincere
Be creative
What is a Narrative Essay?
"When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story. These essays are often anecdotal, experiential, and personal—allowing students to express themselves in a creative and, quite often, moving way"

"In a narrative essay you tell a story, but you also make a point. So, it is like a story told for a reason"

What's This?
What About This?
Who (All) Did You Think Of?
Record what persons, topics, images, and ideas came to mind.
Help Your Neighbor
Share your ideas and work towards making a decision.
Class Discussion
Interview Planning
How to present yourself
How to introduce assignment
What main topic or event?
What details do you need?
How to pose questions to get details
Interview Skills
Interview Practice
Interview your neighbor to learn as much as you can about their university journey and experience.
Narrative Writing Diamond
(Flower, 2006, slideshare.net)
"You can't visit readers where you think they are. You have to invite them home to where you are and try to lure them into your universe. That's the art of storytelling" (Jo Nesbo)
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