The essays below tell a story to support their theses. You can learn to write a good narrative essay from these websites:
- Lumen: Writing for Success: Narration
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): Narrative Essays
- wikiHow: How to Write a Narrative Essay
All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.
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Emily Yoffe, Slate's "Dear Prudie" and a reformed beagle owner, explains why these headstrong little monsters might not be the best choice for a first-time dog owner.
Cheating in College [Video]
YouTube vlogger sWooZie describes what happened after he spotted two friends cheating on a humanities exam.
This brief memoir examines the conflict within a family when an economic reality crashes into a cultural value. Writer Jiayang Fan tries to understand why her parents accused her of a family "crime" that she did not commit and did not understand.
Timothy Braun, a writer and teacher, describes how his life changed after rescuing Dusty, a shelter dog on death row.
Essayist Jo Ann Beard recounts a workplace shooting.
Candy Crowley, a CNN reporter and devoted dog person, explains how two cats changed her opinion of felines.
Actor Arthur Chu describes his history as a gamer to show his understanding of and anger at the Gamergate community.
Former Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry finally gets a colonoscopy (and we all get to read about it).
Essayist David Sedaris describes a flight to Paris in which he takes advantage of first-class seating, meets a grieving man, and wonders about the genuineness of people, including himself.
Novelist Teddy Wayne recounts a plagiarism episode and the lesson that he eventually learned from it.
Writer Abby Sher, a 40-year-old mother, writes about her young daughter learning to deal with death.
George Orwell, best known for the novels 1984 and Animal Farm, recounts his experiences at St. Cyprian's, an English preparatory school for boys.
Judith Newman, Gus's mother, movingly demonstrates that modern interactions via technology aren't all bad.
Novelist Tim O'Brien, a Vietnam veteran, explores war, love, history, depression, and loss.
Writer Karen Donley-Hayes shares her regrets during her college experience.
Essayist E. Tammy Kim follows the path of a low-income student from high-school graduation to college acceptance.