Experience narrative

An experiential narrative involves a real experience. This means that the writer refers back to an incident he experienced himself and remembers well. So it is possible to tell about it in a vivid and exciting way.

Typical framing themes for experience narratives are:

  • Experiences with animals,
  • Experiences during the vacations,
  • Experiences at school,
  • Experiences at sports,
  • My birthday,
  • At my grandma’s/grandpa’s/aunt’s house.

There are typical situations to write about, for example:
"I lost something" or "A surprise.".

When writing a narrative of an experience, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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Experience Narrative

An adventure narrative contains a real experience. This means that the writer is drawing on an incident that he/she has experienced him/herself and that he/she can well imagine. This is a vivid and exciting way to tell about it.

Typical framing themes For narratives of experiences are

  • Experiences with animals,
  • Experiences during the vacations,
  • Experiences at school,
  • Experiences during sports,
  • My birthday,
  • With my grandma/grandpa/aunt.

Typical situations, that you can write about are, for example:

  • I have lost something
  • I am waiting for my boyfriend/girlfriend
  • A surprise
  • In danger (I was lucky once again)
  • I have never been so sad
  • A false suspicion

When writing a narrative of an experience, one should note,

  • that one tells in the past tense,
  • Using literal speech,
  • that one should make paragraphs at appropriate points (pause for thought, new thought),
  • that you can tell a vivid and exciting story if you use adjectives and adverbial clauses,
  • that one puts oneself into the thinking and feeling of the characters,
  • that a long-winded introduction should be avoided,
  • that the narrative should have a climax.

Example for one Experience Narrative: Lost bunch of keys

It was already late when I came home from the swimming pool. When I went to unlock the front door and reached into my pants pocket, I noticed that my bunch of keys was gone. I hastily reached into the other pockets. For free. I had lost the bunch of keys? My heart was up to my neck. "If I don’t find it again, then what?", I thought.

I put down my wet swimming clothes and walked all the way to the pool again. I looked in every corner, in every crevice. Nothing!

When I arrived at the bathroom and wanted to go to the cabins, the woman at the cashier stopped me: "Hey, kid, if you want to go to the bathroom, you have to pay an entrance fee!"
"No, I don’t want to bathe at all, I just want to ask if a key has been handed in. I must have lost him here."
"Oh, you might be lucky. A set of keys was dropped off at our house today."

The woman pulled open a drawer and took out a bunch of keys. In fact it was my! A stone fell from my heart! What would my parents have said if they had heard that I had lost the keys??

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