Personal Experience (or â€œMemoirâ€) Essay Guidelines:
We have read four stories that all tell about a personal experience of the author.In â€œMy Fatherâ€™s Nooseâ€, the story tells us about the cycle of abuse and the damaging effects of poverty on families.â€œThe Fourth State of Matterâ€ is about a situation that has become all too common, but no less horrifying.We never know when a person in our midst might â€œsnapâ€ and our lives will be changed forever.This is behind the argument going on now in favor of guns on campus and open carry laws.â€œThe Scarlet Ibisâ€ is about how cruel we can be, even to people we love, and how pride can be crippling to relationships.â€œDumpster Divingâ€ is about the experience of a homeless person â€“ about the clutter and emptiness of our lives and what is really â€œenoughâ€. Your assignment is to write about a personal experience that will allow you to recall events and feelings, but in a way that will have meaning and significance for an audience of your choice.
-Essay should be two to three pages (500-750 words typed, double spaced)
-Use proper heading (your name, my name, course, date all in upper left corner of first page, double spaced); Also give an original, interesting title
-Use standard margins, and indent paragraphs 5 spaces
-Use 10-12 CPI font
-See tutors (on any campus) to help with structure, content, and grammar
-You may use a personal, informal voice
-The experience you write about should be true (non-fiction)
-Be sure to tell why the experience you are writing about was/is significant to you, and how it made you feel
-Be aware of your purpose and audience (why you writing, and to whom)
-Remember that the THEME (point/message) may be implied through action and dialogue rather than stated directly. For example, in â€œMy Fatherâ€™s Nooseâ€, the theme might be that we are all, to some extent, â€œvictimsâ€ of our upbringing, and that abuse is cyclical in nature. It might also be that poverty can actually damage oneâ€™s soul. The author does not state this in so many words. It is suggested.
-IMPORTANT: Be aware of due date for this paper. It must be submitted via Turnitin (enrollment password and ID are given in Blackboard)