Narrative / Personal Essay

The narrative mode often concentrates on a pinnacle moment, describing it in detail through vivid imagery, engaging dialogue, and a skillfully arranged sequence of selective events. As with most narratives, there is often some tension or conflict that seeks to be resolved, although not all stories reach neatly solved conclusions. Personal essays may examine one instance or event and reflect on it, or may rely on several first-person anecdotes to support the overall purpose of the composition.

This first selection combines the author’s reflection on her childhood, cooking with her family. It also includes recipes, an example of process analysis from the informative mode of writing. Click here for more on this mode of writing from the Norton Field Guide.

A Better Life by Gan Lin

Thirty Faces by Anonymous

My Biggest Wish by Alaina Maggio

An Unexpected Path by Sarah VanEssendelft