The Creative Essay

--Is written in prose (sentences and paragraphs)

--Expresses a very individual viewpoint, using well-crafted language. DO NOT choose a topic that will tempt you to simply parrot what you have heard other people say; choose a topic that connects with your own experience in some way. "Big" topics such as abortion, gun control, drugs, and so forth only come alive when you bring an original and personal viewpoint to them.

--Carefully considers its audience

--Finds and sustains a specific style and tone appropriate to the purpose and audience of the piece

--Is intended to evoke strong reactions in the reader:  intellectual, emotional, ethical, existential, behavioral and more

--Varies in length (500 - 5000 words; yours should be at least 500)

--Has an introduction, body and conclusion

--To achieve its purpose, may include anecdotes or stories, description, humor, figurative language, poetic devices, irony, parody, etc. In your essay, include at least three of the following elements:

detailed imagery
anecdote (real or hypothetical)
alliteration
metaphor or simile
eloquent quotation from someone else
statistic (reliable, relevant and recent)

Some types of creative essay:
Humor
Opinion
Commentary
Persuasion
Memoir
Nature
Observation
Philosophy
Values
Scientific
Artistic
Political
Social
Cultural