Narrative Essay

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 graphical image depicting the outline of a narration essay.

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.


NOTE: Remember, if you’re writing a narrative essay, even though you’re telling a story, you’ll often be required to include a strong introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion.

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