Genres of Non Fiction

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allegory

Tells a story with overall picture in mind

Autobiography

authors story of his or herself

Biography

Third person account of another story

Blog Post

entry on personal or professional website

creative non fiction

tells true stories using the tools of fiction including plot etc...

critique

similar to review points out strengths and weaknesses

Debate

spoken event where two opposing teams argue their points

Diary, journal, log

Daily account by an individual to record events of his or her life

editorial

written by the editor or a newspaper expresses view of editor on an issue usually short and persuasive

excerpt

short potion of larger text meant to stand on its own

eyewitness account

First person report of an individual who witnesses an important or significant event

fable

a narrative meant to teach a lesson in which the characters are sometimes animal representatives especially if used for satirical purposes

History/Historical commentary

factual account of an event or period in time. A historical commentary is one persons point of view of the event, based on research, fact or observation

Homily

A sermon or lecture, generally narrative in style, with a moralizing, didactic purpose

Image

Group, chart, photo, or other info graphic

letter

business, to personal, written for many different forms, in EPISTOLARY STYLE

literary criticism

an analysis of a work past a simple review, investigates aspects of the work ex irony, symbolism or literary theories etc

memoir

personal narrative that reflects upon ones whole life experiences less chronological and encompassing than an autobiography

monologue

one voice, usually first person, narrates a train of thought or consciousness on one topic, typically spoken

personal reminiscence

first person account of a particular event in time

political cartoon

generally a one celled comic, primarily satire, hopes to point out inadequacies or corruption in the political sphere.

review

gives the writers informed opinions about the quality of literary work, movies or other criteria, aka critics

satire

seeks to improve society by showing faults through irony and humor, either friendly or sharp-edged

sermon

speech given from the clergy to the congregating typically didactic in nature

social criticism

various subgenres (satire, essay, speech, etc.) meant to criticize social trends, philosophies, standards etc.

speech

oral essay, commentary, spoken to an intended audience, impacting word choice, tone etc.

travelogue/ Place essay

the setting provides the basis for the writing; the author recognizes something significant in the setting

treatise

A formal and systematic exposition in writing of the principles of a subject, generally longer and more detailed than a summary

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