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  1. Chooseonetopic fromeitherthe list of personal essay topics (A)orthe list of expository essay topics (B).
  2. Write an essay of approximately 1000 to 1200 words (about four double-spaced typed pages) on your chosen topic. Expect that if your essay goes over the length requirement, your essay could be returned to you for revision.
  3. Begin your research. You might start with a general Google search and then a Google Scholar search, but you will also need to visit the AU library databases to find sound academic articles. Note: When you’re first learning about a topic, Wikipedia might be an appropriate place to start, butalwaysmove on from Wikipedia. As an open source, it is not sufficiently trustworthy for academic purposes. Therefore, do not use quotes or paraphrases from Wikipedia. This is not a source your tutor will want to see on your citation list. Be equally careful of other questionable websites since they are in abundance.
  4. Find two to four reputable secondary sources and review them carefully.At least onesource should be from a peer-reviewed journal article accessed through the AU library databases. Please go toActing on Wordsand read the segment called “Primary and Secondary Sources” in the chapter called “Finding Information: Types of Sources” or go tohttp://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/008-3010-e.htmlfor a sound explanation of primary and secondary sources. Your tutor will also be pleased to help.
  5. Based on the research you found as well as your own brainstorming, develop a straightforward thesis that is sufficiently limited in scope (meaning something you can do justice to in a short essay).
  6. Create an outline.
  7. Consider speaking with your tutor to review your thesis and outline. We strongly encourage you to do so.
  8. Begin the first draft of your essay.
  9. Make use of at least two (and no more than four) secondary sources within your essay by adding quotations and paraphrases. Then, every time you paraphrase or quote, follow these four steps:
    • Introduce each source
    • Present the research
    • Credit the source parenthetically
    • Discuss
    In other words, include quotation (and paraphrase) sandwiches in your essay. Don’t just drop in quotations or paraphrases from sources into your essay. (Some experts call these hit and run quotations).
  10. Create a Works Cited or References page, and make sure to take this seriously. Do not guess, and do not use a software program. Doing this correctly is not difficult, but it does require you to pay very close attention to detail. We expect you to do so.
  11. Revise and edit your draft. You should have produced and edited at least one preliminary draft before you hand in the final copy.
  12. Consider using the Write Site’s coaching services. Tutors are not expected or encouraged to review your drafts, but reviewing drafts is one of the mandates of theWrite Site.
  13. Study the assignment checklist and answer the questions honestly.
  14. When you’re ready, upload your assignment through the assignment drop box.
  15. In English 255, we prefer MLA citation and format style unless you have a significant reason to do otherwise. If you wish to use APA citation and format style, please speak with your tutor.


A. Personal Essay TopicsInstructions
  1. Chooseonetopic fromeitherthe list of personal essay topics (A)orthe list of expository essay topics (B).
  2. Write an essay of approximately 1000 to 1200 words (about four double-spaced typed pages) on your chosen topic. Expect that if your essay goes over the length requirement, your essay could be returned to you for revision.
  3. Begin your research. You might start with a general Google search and then a Google Scholar search, but you will also need to visit the AU library databases to find sound academic articles. Note: When you’re first learning about a topic, Wikipedia might be an appropriate place to start, butalwaysmove on from Wikipedia. As an open source, it is not sufficiently trustworthy for academic purposes. Therefore, do not use quotes or paraphrases from Wikipedia. This is not a source your tutor will want to see on your citation list. Be equally careful of other questionable websites since they are in abundance.
  4. Find two to four reputable secondary sources and review them carefully.At least onesource should be from a peer-reviewed journal article accessed through the AU library databases. Please go toActing on Wordsand read the segment called “Primary and Secondary Sources” in the chapter called “Finding Information: Types of Sources” or go tohttp://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/education/008-3010-e.htmlfor a sound explanation of primary and secondary sources. Your tutor will also be pleased to help.
  5. Based on the research you found as well as your own brainstorming, develop a straightforward thesis that is sufficiently limited in scope (meaning something you can do justice to in a short essay).
  6. Create an outline.
  7. Consider speaking with your tutor to review your thesis and outline. We strongly encourage you to do so.
  8. Begin the first draft of your essay.
  9. Make use of at least two (and no more than four) secondary sources within your essay by adding quotations and paraphrases. Then, every time you paraphrase or quote, follow these four steps:
    • Introduce each source
    • Present the research
    • Credit the source parenthetically
    • Discuss
    In other words, include quotation (and paraphrase) sandwiches in your essay. Don’t just drop in quotations or paraphrases from sources into your essay. (Some experts call these hit and run quotations).
  10. Create a Works Cited or References page, and make sure to take this seriously. Do not guess, and do not use a software program. Doing this correctly is not difficult, but it does require you to pay very close attention to detail. We expect you to do so.
  11. Revise and edit your draft. You should have produced and edited at least one preliminary draft before you hand in the final copy.
  12. Consider using the Write Site’s coaching services. Tutors are not expected or encouraged to review your drafts, but reviewing drafts is one of the mandates of theWrite Site.
  13. Study the assignment checklist and answer the questions honestly.
  14. When you’re ready, upload your assignment through the assignment drop box.
  15. In English 255, we prefer MLA citation and format style unless you have a significant reason to do otherwise. If you wish to use APA citation and format style, please speak with your tutor.

No matter which topic you choose, be certain that you consider your audience before you begin writing. There is little worse for readers than slogging through a personal essay that has no apparent purpose or relevance. Readers should be motivated in some capacity by your personal essay. In other words, we all have stories, but if we share them, we have to have a reason (as far as readers are concerned) for doing so. We tell personal stories so others can be encouraged, motivated, comforted, informed, and the like. So, ask yourself the all-important “so what” and “who cares” questions, and answer honestly. Ask yourself what, beyond sharing your own story, you want readers to know or feel or learn when they read your essay.

  1. Write a personal narrative essay. Be sure to focus on a single, well defined incident with an explicit beginning, middle, and end from which you learned something about yourself, another person, or life itself. “My life with my alcoholic father,” for example, is too big a subject for a short narrative essay, but “The time my father hit rock bottom” is very likely to be sufficiently limited. Good subjects for personal narrative essays include the following: a move, a birth (if it’s exceptional in some way) or a death, a birthday or an anniversary, the loss of a prized possession, a moment of triumph or defeat. Your thesis should make a point about what this experience taught you. You may state this thesis explicitly or you may prefer to imply it.
  2. Write a personal descriptive essay about a person, place, or thing. Be sure to establish a clear dominant impression that conveys the point you want to make about your subject. All the details in your description should fit with this dominant impression. Try to include a broad range of sensory impressions: not just how your subject looks but also how it sounds, feels, smells, moves. It’s often easier to establish this dominant impression through contrast: the changes in a place or a person or the difference between what you thought something would be and what it actually was. (Locate the essay “Two Ways of Viewing the River” by Mark Twain for a good example.) It’s also often easier to write an effective description of a person by describing a room or a location that you associate with him or her. (See if you can locate the short story “The Boat” by Alistair MacLeod for a good example.)

You will probably include some narration in a descriptive essay and some description in a narrative essay. Remember, however, that the descriptive detail in a narrative essay should help you to tell your story, whereas a chronological narrative sequence in a descriptive essay should help your reader to get a picture of what you are describing.

You may question the idea of using sources in personal writing, since the personal essay is commonly understood to be informal whereas research methods and documentation techniques are associated with more formal, scholarly styles. Despite this general truth, many personal essays use quotations or paraphrases (or both) from a variety of sources. Some personal essays begin with a reference to another writer’s reported experience – a natural way to incorporate a source. Others incorporate small bits of information from reputable sources that add credibility in the form of background, context, or detail.



My journey began in Canada, many years before I was ever formally introduced to the ancient practice of meditation and Yoga, which would become the foundation of my life. It all started when I was eight years old, curiously wandering through the aisles of a seemingly endless jewelry warehouse. My most treasured aunt had come into town from Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the time, I was living Toronto, Ontario, 2000 miles away from Winnipeg. The visits I had with her were always very exciting and much anticipated since she was the only one, even as a kid, that I ever felt understood me. She owned a high-end jewelry company, where she would design and create exquisite specialty pieces for her wealthy customers. This meant every so often she would fly to Toronto to visit her suppliers and take me along for the trip. This time happened to be different than my earlier trips because the Supplier manager at her jeweler warehouse allowed me into the back warehouse and told me in a sweet, gentle voice: “Walk through the aisles until you fall in love with one pendant.” Proceeding as I was told I had begun walking up and down the aisles, taking in this new strange environment around me with bedazzled and glowing eyes. Noticing how the corridors stretched so far in front of me and that hundreds of individual containers occupied each side. Within each of these containers was a variety of the most lovely pieces that would be bought by craftsman and used to make exception pieces of jewelry. Among the assortment was the most intricate hand--made beads, exceptionally high-grade stones, symbolic gems, quality accessories for piecing everything together and of course beautiful
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pendants. I was in awe, anything you could dream of creating in your mind became a reality as soon as you entered this building. I continued walking for several minutes with my gaze browsing the pendants.Up to this point in my life, I had never seen such a diverse collection for jewelry making. With such a broad spectrum of different symbols molded out of golds and silvers into things like zodiac symbols, astrology symbols, religious symbols, cultural pieces, sports icons, protection pieces, miscellaneous charms, some charms bedazzled with unique gemstones and others more significant for the amount craftsmanship to meticulous detail. As I continued wandering down the aisle allowing my over stimulated mind to absorb everything around me my eyes fell onto one peculiar charm. What I found most intriguing about this symbol was its strongly familiar physical resemblance to the ordinary number three with the addition of one curve to the right and a semi-circle on top with a dot. At this time in my life, I had associated the number three as a personal lucky number since my birthday was on the third day of the third month. With no knowledge that the pendant carried a much more sacred and precious meaning that would reveal itself to me in the future. Fast forward, seven years later after a serious gymnastics accident that left me paralyzed for three months which lead me to walk into the first Yoga Studio that would change my life. Furthermore starting my journey on a path of healing physically and mentally, along with discovering the path to enlightenment is a continuous one. It was now that I learned the pendant I wore around my neck for those preceding seven years was the Om symbol, a spiritual icon representing a most sacred sound and meaning. As I poured myself into the study of yoga, I learned that Om was denoted as the “sound of the universe and compasses all of the creation.”
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