Project #154974 - Argumentative Essay: Creative Writing Narrative

English Tutors

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/21/2016 12:00 am

****(Before you write, you must do the question and answer in a seperate document.)***

You have the prompt for the paper, but before you start writing it I need you to create a proposal. It can be in paragraph form, or it can be in answer form. Either way you need to address the following questions to show you’ve thought out your chosen subject and are prepared to write on it. You are essentially proposing your topic, like pitching a story to an editor. If I am not convinced that you can successfully write on this subject then I might reject it, but if I am convinced then you get the green light to start researching and writing. (Must be typed).

  1. SUBJECT: What is your story about? What happens in it? Give plot points.
  2. ARGUMENT: What is the moral of the story? What lesson are you trying to teach us?
  3. FORMAT: How are you going to start your story? Beginning, Middle, End? Any is fine, as long as it is circular and complete.
  4. CHARACTERS: Who is in your story? What are their relationships to each other? Who are primary and who are secondary characters?
  5. SETTING: Where does your story take place?
  6. TIMELINE: What is the timeframe of your story? Does it jump the timeline?
  7. STYLE: Are you narrating, reflecting, is this fictionalized or complete nonfiction? What person are you using? (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
  8. PURPOSE: Why are you telling me this? Why is this event the one you think best represents your argument?
  9. AUDIENCE: Who is my target audience? Who am I trying to persuade? (HINT: Not the teacher).
  10. RHETORICAL APPEALS: How does each appeal relate to your subject? (Ex: Pathos=emotion, what emotions are related to your subject?) How might you use it to persuade your audience? (Think on tone).

 GRADING RUBRIC: 30 points 


****(After the question and answer, you can then follow the instruction given below.)***



You might have written a nonfiction personal essay for your English 101, but this is not that, at least not exactly. Rather than simply telling me a story, I want you to argue for an issue through a personal story.

What I mean is that you’re going to pick a topic that is important to you, but even more than that, you have a personal connection to it. It’s basically creative nonfiction with an argument J

Do not pick a subject you are not comfortable writing about. For example, I do not care who knows my personal life; therefore, you will see I have a few stories posted so you can take a look. You can be as personal as you want. The personal aspect must be related to the argumentative aspect.

HOWEVER, if you want to write on a subject but not be so “personal” you can FICTIONALIZE your story. That means it’s still true, but perhaps names are changed, settings are changed, exaggeration is used, symbolism is used, and you could even change genders. (You will be reading an example of a fictionalized narrative).

GOOD NEWS: You don’t need opposition this time! You need your issue, your argument, and your personal connection to the subject.



Think of it like “And The Moral of the Story Is…” You’re writing a story with the idea of teaching your readers a lesson. You want them to learn something, either that this issue exists, not to do something, to do something, etc. For example: Red Riding Hood—don’t walk in the woods alone/don’t stray from the path, The Tortoise and the Hare—being fastest isn’t always better, sometimes you need to take your time; and Shakespeare’s Othello—Rumors spread faster when people don’t stop to find the truth.

You do not necessarily write a story and then have a little section at the end that says “And the moral of the story is…” but the idea is that by the time the reader finishes reading they can tell what the moral is.

“Moral of the Story” makes it sound like you have to stick to the childhood/cookie cutter themes, which you don’t. Your “moral” could just be the issue you’re addressing or the argument you’re making. This is just meant to show you the style of argument I want.




·         You will have an argument, but it will come across more like an editorial. That is why you also do not need opposition.



  • Though there is nothing wrong with writing this as a normal MLA essay, I will allow you to take a more creative approach if you’re comfortable. This means you could include proper manuscript format rather than proper MLA format (I’ve posted proper manuscript format on Canvas).
  • Ultimately, it all depends on how creative you want your creative essay to be.
  • Whether you use proper Manuscript or Academic essay, you must incorporate the creative writing rules that I’ve discussed (document on Canvas).


Your essay should include the following parts:

I want to say there is no clear way to write this, which is why it’s creative writing. However, I know many struggle if they don’t have a breakdown so here it is. You must pick one of the three based on what you believe the actual story is AND how you want to tell your story:


Option 1: Start at the Beginning (Once Upon a Time…)

Examples: Captain America (first one), Fairytales, Arrow

OPENING: Sets up the story with setting, timeline, narrator. You’ll give context of the story and the argument. Should include a lot of description as you’re painting the picture for the reader.

CLIMAX: This is where all the conflict occurs. The narrator is acting or reacting to something. There’s significant dialogue between characters, or movement of plot.

CONCLUSION: Moral of the story. Everything wraps up and ends. No cliffhangers! Where is the narrator now that the climax is over? What are they going to do next? Possibly new setting, new timeline, and new picture.


Option 2: Start at the Middle (Media Res)

Examples: Deadpool, Once Upon a Time, Star Wars: A New Hope

OPENING: Starts with the “climax” or the action/reaction from the narrator. We’re essentially thrown into the issue; the turning point and we have no idea how we got there. We’re getting conflict and dialogue and are slightly confused.

FLASHBACK: It does not actually have to be a flashback, it could just be context, but either way you have to take us back: “We’re going back to the beginning!”. You have to explain to the reader how the opening scenes came to be. It is like rewinding and will be slower in pace.   

CONCLUSION: Moral of the story. Everything wraps up and ends. No cliffhangers! Where is the narrator now that the main event is over and the reader understands what’s going on. What is going to happen next? Possibly new setting, new timeline, and new picture.


Option 3: Start at the End (Back-Track)

Examples: How I Met Your Mother, Titanic, The Notebook

OPENING: You start with the moral of the story, something like “If only I’d listened to my mother…” The reader learns where the narrator ends up or is going to end up, and so the reader is really confused. We’re getting some kind of setting, timeline, and picture; but we know it’s not the “real one”.

REWIND: Now we’re getting a beginning and a middle. We’re learning everything that happened to get us to the ending that we read first. We’re getting the original setting, timeline, characters, and picture. It’s like putting in a tape and seeing the final scene, realizing someone forgot to rewind after watching, so you have to rewind and start over, but you’re unable to get the final scene out of your head. Having the final scene in your head from the beginning allows the reader to see how everything they’re currently reading ends with the first scene. We’re getting conflict, context, action/reaction, dialogue, etc.  

CONCLUSION: Since we already got a conclusion this is more of a wrap up. It shows you’ve come full circle, and we get a brief scene that is similar to the beginning. Do not just repeat the beginning, either continue it or tweak it.


Nonfiction Example that could dip into any of the three—Father’s Death:

  1. Story starts with my finding out my father’s dead, then I head to the funeral, and then I’m at the funeral.
  2. Story starts with me on the plane heading to my father’s funeral, then I flashback to finding out he died, and then I end with the funeral.  
  3. Story starts at the funeral, then I rewind to finding out he died and going through my reactions, before returning to the funeral.

Length5 typed double-spaced pages, capped at 10 pages, and will accept 4 pages. There is no set paragraph number as the format is different, and there is no paragraph length as creative writing rules apply. 






Did you understand the prompt?



Though topic/transition sentences are not required, does the story flow? Is the option you chose clear and well explained?



Is your story active, engaging, and rhetorically pleasing?



Did you choose your words carefully? Characters? Setting? Plot?



Is your “Moral of the Story” clear? Did your narrative fit with your argument or are you reaching?


Language Use & Mechanics

Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation, MLA format
























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