S: The Narrative Essay
1: "Don't tell us that the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream." (Mark Twain)
2: A narrative essay is a story about a personal experience. It reflects upon events that impressed you or changed you in some way. When writing a narrative essay, the writer must involve the readers so that they can understand what was experienced. For this reason, the writer should provide detailed observations of the people and places that played an important part in the event. It should also demonstrate how the person/s involved felt and why the experience became relevant and/or caused the writer to change his/her point of view. Narrative essays are usually written in chronological order. The next page illustrates six steps in developing your narrative essay.
4: Example | Step 1 What are you going to write about?
5: Step 2 What was the problem?
6: You think that the client has complained about you and your boss has been firing employees who do not offer good service. | Step 3 What happened that caused the problem?
7: Step 4 How did everything happen? In this case, why were you worried?
8: Step 5 What was the moment of highest tension? | You enter your boss' office. She's sitting behind her desk. She stands and approaches you. You stand there waiting to be fired.
9: Step 6 How was the problem solved? | The boss shakes your hand. asks you to sit down, and offers you a better position. A client has said that you are the best salesperson in the store.
10: Think of your narrative essay as a show and tell.
11: Use direct and indirect dialog