Creative Writing Introduction – Session 2 – Page 2

4 Types of Writing

There are four main types of writing.  We don’t mean things like novel, short story, poem or play – we’ll come to those in a future session.  This is about the type, style or form of your writing:

  • Expository – Writing in which the author’s purpose is to inform or explain the subject to the reader.
  • Persuasive – Writing that states the opinion of the writer and attempts to influence the reader.
  • Narrative – Writing in which the author tells a story either as fact or fiction.
  • Descriptive – A type of expository writing that uses the five senses to paint a picture for the reader. This writing incorporates imagery and specific details.

Can you start to see any of these applying to any particular style of writing? Just for fun, click the button below to go to a 10 question quiz on these writing styles. This will take you to another website that isn’t anything to do with us but we’ve checked that it is safe to use. When you’re finished with the quiz, click the link at the bottom of the results page to return here. Only you will know how you get on with the quiz so don’t worry about it at all!