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Description

The essays below provide such accurate sensory detail that you can experience the subjects through words alone. You can learn how to write good description here, here, and here.

All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.

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After Ferguson: St. Louis’ Decaying Black Suburbs Are About to Be Forgotten. Again.

Sarah Kendzior and Umar Lee, writing for Politico Magazine, describe life in Ferguson, Missouri.

Description Times and Places Mixed Person Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Kendzior | with Lee

Crabs

Novelist Edwidge Danticat describes a meal that she will never forget.

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Finally, a Gravestone for Little Viola Vanclief

In this piece from the Los Angeles Times, reporter Garrett Therolf depicts the resting place for a victim of child abuse.

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Men, According to Prostitutes

Reporter Chinki Sinha describes the lives of women who work in a red-light district in Mumbai, India.

Description Love and Relationships Third Person Discussion Questions & Writing PromptsConnect with Author

The Other Side of the Living Sea

Author Tiphanie Yanique describes Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, the place where her grandmother was raised.

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Winter Animals

Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau describes the animals that he encounters during his two-year-long experiment of living a simple life in nature.

Description Humans and Their Animals First Person Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts