The Elements of the Narrative Essay - understanding and creating

Michael McIntyre, Prof Mac and all things writing

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11 Lessons (1h 12m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Essay

      10:07
    • 2. The Narrative Essay

      7:32
    • 3. The Narrative Essay part 2

      10:53
    • 4. Shooting an Elephant -- Introduction

      1:35
    • 5. Essay Reading-'Shooting An Elephant' (audio)

      16:45
    • 6. Elephant discussion

      7:26
    • 7. Introduction to 2nd Essay - "Most Important Day"

      1:27
    • 8. Essay Reading-'Most Important Day' (Audio)

      6:34
    • 9. Discussion - "Most Important Day"

      3:13
    • 10. Class Finale & Essay Prompt & Guidelines

      4:50
    • 11. A 'pitch' for good grammar

      1:19

About This Class

An essay is a piece of writing (usually short) that gives the author's own point of view on a topic that has become a major part of a formal education in the form of free response questions. Secondary and college are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills, and essays are used to judge the mastery and comprehension of course material. Students are asked to explain, comment on, or assess a topic of study in the form of an essay. As well, many colleges use essays as a means to select applicants for admission. 

The narrative essay is one type of essay-writing in which the writer employs narration or a story to make a point, explain an experience, or persuade the reader. 

In this course, we will be exploring the narrative essay, learn and understand what it is, and develop our skill in writing it. We will examine a couple of actual examples of the narrative form of essay to see how professional writers have employed the form. And as a final project, we will create our own narrative essay.

This class coincides with other essay-writing courses in a series on the essay created by Dr. McIntyre.