Narrative Writing “Life is a journey, not a destination” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Narrative Writing Prompt: Write a narrative essay about an experience that is similar to what Foster describes as a “quest”. Specifically, write about a time where the experience (“journey”) is more important than the result (“destination”). Remember, the quest results in selfknowledge, realization, or teaches an unexpected lesson. Goals for Your Narrative Writing: 1. Include an understandable sequence of events. o In every narrative, events are ordered in some way. While you cannot alter the events that happened in your experience, as a writer, you need to decide which events to portray and in what order to present them. 2. Construct detailed and interesting characters. o In the personal essay, your main character is yourself, so try to give your readers a sense of who you are through your voice, actions, and description. The characters in a good story are believable and interesting; they come alive for the readers. 3. Create a satisfying and meaningful conclusion. o While most of your essay tells about the experience, your conclusion should focus on the overall lesson learned. 4. Develop a clear voice, using imagery and diction. o Language reveals who you are; chose your words to reflect your theme as well as yourself. o Try to include evocative details, colorful details of setting and characters. 5. Include dialogue o Punctuate your dialogue correctly 6. Your story must be at least 350-400 words.