Getting Feedback on Narrative
Whether you use your roommate,
a classmate, a tutor, or a friend over the Internet, reading your
narrative to two or more people to receive constructive feedback
will help to ensure that your writing is clear and easy to understand.
Collaborative writing is a proven
method in revision and clarification.
Ask for feedback using these
1. What images or phrases
do you remember most from the narrative?
(Make sure that the main points that the listener derives from
your narrative are the same as the main points you want to express.)
2. What feelings or emotions
did you experience while reading the narrative?
(Make sure that you want the listener to experience the emotions
or feelings he or she derives from your narrative.)
3. What would you like to
know more about in the narrative?
(Consider including any additions or suggestions that listeners
offer to you to expand your narrative so that other listeners
can better understand the experiences you are describing.)
This advice is from Sheila
Bender's book entitled Writing Personal Essays.
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