Creative Nonfiction -

Creative Nonfiction -

Creative Nonfiction Creative Essay Any short, non-fiction text written with specific attention to its aesthetic qualities and presentation that is written from the point of view of the author. It focuses on a personal experience that is a turning point, a change in direction, an event that has significant meaning, and also shares a universal truth with readers. What is a Personal Narrative Essay?

based on memory of an event or experience or moment in time that had significant meaning to you tell a true story about a turning point in your life the event or experience actually happened to you look back into your memory, to an earlier time in your life, and unearth true stories that had significant meaning to you Inspiration Memory. Mining your memory for turning points in your life. Turning points, such as a job loss, illness, disease, death, first encounters. Family life. Reflecting on family-What family events had significant

meaning? What do you remember about family life? Spiritual journey. Write about your spiritual journey. Place. Write about home. What is home? Travel experiences. The natural world, such as hiking, biking, camping, exploring the wilderness. Popular culture. Write about film, music, fiction, poetry, photography, artand how it has impacted you. What memories do you have? The global village. Write about the world in which you live, such as the environment. Other Ideas

Journey, quest, pilgrimage Mysteries and investigations Rituals, games, performances, events Dig up memories about a myriad of topicsfrom toys to technology, to milestones to accomplishments, things that have significantly

affected you. Structure Problem (exposition)- Your goal is to describe a problem in vivid details. What is the significant event that lead to a problem? Struggle (rising action)-This problem creates conflict, which can be external (the outside world) and internal (within your mind or psyche) obstacles or setbacks. Epiphany (climax)- Your problem and struggle results in an epiphany or flood of new understanding. The epiphany transforms your story from merely an anecdote to a personal narrative that has significant meaning to you, and shared meaning with others. Resolution- What you have done differently since you had the

epiphany. (Does not necessarily have to be in this orderbe creative) Creative essays are written to express, render, and entertain frequently do not follow a standard structure designed to move the emotions should be rich with imagery, modifiers, and fresh language, and should vary their syntax Usually told from the first-person voice make sure that it tells a story the writer should structure and present his essay in the way that best reflects the emotional timbre of

the essay should attempt to accurately and honestly relate these personal ideas Readers Expect You to Share Your thoughts Your feelings

Your opinions Personal Reflections Keep in mind that a creative essay does not strive to provide answers to questions or even to necessarily explain a particular concept. Rather, a creative essay is meant to help create sense of the world and to raise questions that

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