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Non-Fiction Terms

A writer's account of another person's life which includes both facts and opinions. Biography
A writer's account of his or her own life which gives the writer's perspective. Autobiography
A writer's account of significant periods in his or her own life which reflect historical events and/or social issues. Memoir
Relatively short pieces of writing on a single subject that can be informal or formal Essay
Type of essay which presents or explains information or ideas. Expository
Type of essay which attempts to convince the reader to adopt a particular point of view. Persuasive
Type of essay which presents a writer's thoughts or feelings on a subject. Personal
Type of article that focuses on facts about a certain subject. Informative
Type of article that appears in magazines and newspapers and focuses on interesting people or events. Feature
Conversation in which one person asks another person questions. Interview
Record of an interview which is word-for-word what was said Transcript
Record of an interview which contains the interviewer's own interpretation of the responses. Profile
True tales of heroism, survival, and adventure. True-Life Adventure
Story which contains material from the writer's own life. Autobiographical Fiction
Created by: vaccaj