What Are the Different Genres of Writing?

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The different genres of writing include descriptive, expository, narrative, persuasive, poetry and technical writing, and a combination of these are usually used any given body of writing. Understand the various categories of writing with instruction from a writing teacher in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about the different genres of writing. Now a genre is a recognized category with a specific form or function, or purpose, basically, and there could be more genres... different people define the genres of writing differently, but here are some of the basic ones that are recognized and often are used in the classroom. Descriptive writing, which is writing with vivid details... expository writing, which explains something... narrative writing, which tells a story... persuasive writing, which gives an opinion and then tries to persuade the reader... poetry, which describes and experience or it expresses an emotion, often in a form that's a recognizable form--like a verse form or a stanza form, but not always... and the last genre is technical writing, which tries to clearly communicate specific information. So those are some basic genres. Like I said, there are probably, depending on who you're talking to, there are more genres, or some of these might be collapsed into each other, but these are some of the basic genres of writing.

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