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50 Writing Topics: Narration


Although narratives serve a variety of purposes, the most successful ones usually share three basic characteristics: they are clearly organized in time, make a central point, and contain specific details relevant to that point. See these examples of narration at work in paragraphs and essays:

Fifty Topic Suggestions: Narration

At least one of the 50 topics below may remind you of a particular incident that you can relate in a clearly organized narrative essay.

  1. a memorable wedding or funeral
  2. one minute of a football game (or other sporting event)
  3. your first day at a new school or college
  4. your first day at a new job
  5. your last day on a job
  6. a disastrous date
  7. a moment of failure or success
  8. an encounter that changed your life
  9. an experience that led to renewed faith
  10. a strange job interview
  11. an experience that demonstrated how labor-saving devices can be more trouble than they're worth
  12. an experience that left you disillusioned
  13. an embarrassing experience
  14. a frightening experience
  15. a memorable journey
  16. an encounter with someone or something you were afraid of
  17. an occasion when you experienced rejection
  18. your first visit to the country (or to a large city)
  19. the breakup of a friendship
  20. an experience that showed how we should be careful of what we wish for
  21. a significant misunderstanding
  22. a dangerous experience
  23. an experience that showed how appearances can be deceiving
  24. an account of a difficult decision that you had to make
  25. an event that marked a turning point in your life
  26. a historic event
  27. a memorable encounter with someone in authority
  28. an act of heroism or cowardice
  29. an imaginary encounter with a real person
  30. a rebellious act
  31. a brush with greatness
  32. a brush with death
  33. a time that you took a stand on an important issue
  34. an experience that altered your view of someone
  35. a trip that you would like to take
  36. a vacation trip from your childhood
  37. an account of a visit to a fictional place
  38. your first time away from home
  39. two different versions of the same event
  40. a traffic accident
  41. a day when everything went right (or wrong)
  42. an experience that made you laugh until you cried
  43. the day you decided to change your life
  44. the experience of being lost
  45. an unexpected encounter
  46. surviving a hurricane or a tornado (or other natural disaster)
  47. an experience that taught you a lesson
  48. an important discovery
  49. an eyewitness account of an important event
  50. an experience that helped you grow up

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