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20 Examples of Narrative Essay Topics

Updated: Nov 28, 2016
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Narrative Essay Topics

 

The content for a Narrative Essay, which tells a story, or a narrative, usually comes from the student-writer’s personal experience. It requires them to tell a true short story of sorts, with an introduction, setting, characters, plot, climax and a conclusion.

The structure of the story is the following: introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion 

The Narrative Essay focuses around the student-writers conveying something important and universally relevant to their reader – such as how they learned a valuable lesson, gained a lifelong friend, or traveled to and learned from another culture, for example.

 

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List of Topics for a Narrative Essay

 

When given a Narrative Essay writing assignment, the student-writer may want to write about:

 

  • An experience in which they learned a valuable life lesson, perhaps one which they will be able to share with others because it could ultimately help them.

 

  • How they struck up a strong relationship, either with a friend or intimate companion, and how it has helped them grow as a person.

 

  • The first family trip they remember taking as a young child.

 

  • The first time they left their culture and traveled to another, the essay also including what they ultimately learned about the human experience or about their own culture.

 

  • A time they were scared to do something, but somehow had the courage to finish the task successfully.

 

  • How they learned what they wanted to be in life, what vocation they felt they were supposed to do, what experience or experiences led to them understanding this.

 

  • Their first day of their very first job, what is was like, what they were expecting, and how it possibly changed them; what they gained from it.

 

  • A frightening experience, one in which they were, maybe, scared for their life or for the life of others.

 

  • A specific holiday memory, good or bad, one that left an enduring impression on them.

 

  • Their earliest childhood memory.

 

  • A time when they surprised someone with a special ability, talent or skill.

 

  • A time when they first realized they wanted to be something great, like a professional athlete, musician, actor, writer, etc., and how that happened and how it made them feel while pursuing it.

 

  • A normal day in their life of someone, from the time they wake in the morning, to the time they go to bed a night, and everything that happens in between.

 

  • An experience that made them stronger or better, and possibly why it happened and why it was important in their life.

 

  • A childhood memory, one that, perhaps, reminds them of the important things in life, like family, friends and accomplishments.

 

  • The most memorable experience in education, whether good or bad.

 

  • A moment, or experience, when their perspective changed for the better.

 

  • When they did something they still regret.

 

  • A time when they had to learn something new but were ultimately afraid of failure.

 

  • A celebratory event, perhaps one that changed them.

 

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