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Personal/Narrative/ MemoirFrom The Writing Center@ The A.R.C.


What is a Personal Essay?A personal essay is when one writes about a personal experience in their life without having to prove a point to the readerThere are two types of Personal Essays:Personal NarrativePersonal Opinion

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Personal NarrativeA Personal Narrative is when the writer writes about a personal incident or experience that provided a major meaning or lesson learned in their life.Some of the elements in a Personal Narrative include:It is written in first person. (I point-of-view)It is an autobiographical story that talks about a time that resulted in personal growth.The writer must express his/her emotions and feelings.


Example of a Personal NarrativeLearning something new can be a scary experience. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was learn how to swim. I was always afraid of the water, but I decided that swimming was an important skill that I should learn. I also thought it would be good exercise and help me to become physically stronger. What I didn't realize was that learning to swim would also make me a more confident person.


What is a Personal Memoir?A memoir essay interprets, analyzes, and looks deeper into the meaning behind the surface experience of certain eventsA memoir essay will answer the following questions:Why was this event of particular significance?What did it mean?Why is it important?A memoir essay is more in depth than a personal essay

Personal Opinion In an EssayA Personal Opinion essay is an essay written by the author on a particular political or social concern or even a topic of interest to them.Some of the attributes of a Personal Opinion essay include:

A Personal Opinion Essay as a conversation with the readers.A personal opinion essay examines a subject that is outside of ones self. However, the self is used as evidence for the argument.A Personal Opinion Essay is an information filled mix of storytelling, facts, and personality.A personal opinion essay strive to say what is evident, to reach a conclusion the reader must agree of disagree.

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