CoverObjectivesThe Writing ProcessAddressing the PromptPrewritingWritingRevisingOriginalityTimed Writing 1Integrated Writing 1Essay Shape and OrganizationIntroduction ParagraphsBody ParagraphsConclusion ParagraphsA Shifting StructureExample EssayTimed Writing 2Integrated Writing 2Descriptive EssaysExample Descriptive EssayPrewritingWriting: Word ChoiceSources: QuotingRevisingRevise a Descriptive EssayCreative WritingTimed Writing 3Integrated Writing 3Personal StatementsExample Personal StatementTypes of Personal StatementsOrganization For Comprehensive Personal StatementOrganization for Personal Statement with PromptRevisingWriting: DevelopmentExample Personal StatementMini-Writing: Formal EmailsTimed Writing 4Integrated Writing 4Problem-Solution EssaysExample Problem-Solution EssayPrewritingWriting: UnitySources: SummarizingRevisingRevise a Problem-Solution EssayMini-Writing: ReviewsTimed Writing 5Integrated Writing 5Argumentative EssaysExample Argumentative EssayPrewritingWriting: CohesionSources: ParaphrasingRevisingRevise an Argumentative EssayReflectionsTimed Writing 6Integrated Writing 6Using SourcesFinding SourcesCitationsReference Page

Descriptive Essays

Descriptive writing is focused on creating imagery for the reader. This is done through ample details and creative expressions of facts. Think of how events and people are described in news articles. Consider a book you recently read and the descriptions provided by the author to transport you to a new place or to surround you with new ideas. This is one of the great powers of good writing.

Outside of the language classroom, it is unlikely that you will be asked to write a purely descriptive essay during your college experience. Most of the time, descriptive writing is part of a larger writing task. 

That being said, control over tense and aspect (narration) are essential parts of descriptions and this writing skill will be necessary throughout your English writing experience. Additionally, the ability to provide details through careful word choice and interesting clausal structures will add to your writing voice and the audience's connection to your purpose as a writer.