To write a narrative argument, you will need to tell the reader a well-crafted story about an experience you’ve had that shaped your views on some larger issue. You will use the narrative of your experience to craft an argument in the form of a personal essay.This form of writing is fairly open-ended, with no set “rules” or limitations, so you will build your own understanding of what a narrative argument essay looks like by reading and comparing multiple examples. In general, this narrative can focus on a person, place, or event that stands out to you as relevant to a broader social issue. And like any narrative, your story should include tension, character development, and significant details.One thing to avoid in writing a narrative argument is to sum up your experience with a simple life lesson. Don’t end your essay with some aphorism about why you’ve told this particular story or what you learned. Watch out for the “And that’s how I learned…” ending. Such simple truisms come across as disingenuous and moralistic in an Aesop / Disney kind of way.Instead, let your views develop into a complex stance toward the issue your narrative focuses on. Your topic should be relevant to an audience of your peers, fellow GMU students. (If you want to target a different, specific audience, contact me for approval). Your argument doesn’t have to focus on academics or on Mason–in fact, most successful arguments don’t–but you should pick a topic your fellow students will care about and have the ability to act on. Avoid topics that seem trivial or cliché.This essay also requires you to conduct informal research to get a sense of what other people’s views are on this topic. As a writer, you should always consider perspectives that challenge or complicate your own initial viewpoint. Think about possible objections or concerns your readers might raise.No formal (print or online sources) are required, but many narrative arguments use them to further develop and support the ideas. If you choose to formally incorporate research into your paper, by paraphrasing or quoting interview subjects or using formal sources, you must provide parenthetical citations and a works cited page. Do your best to cite the research, and see me if you need help, but there’s no grade weight for citation errors as we’ll start focusing on research and citations during your next essay.The essay should be at least 1000 words. But don’t get hung up on the word count as you write. The clarity and coherence of your essay is more important than getting exactly the right number of words.