What are the Four Different Styles of Essay Writing Styles?

Writing style is much like any other type of style in that it helps us say who we are. It is how the writer chooses to say him or herself during writing. The reason of your essay will decide what type of essay you write. Each kind has certain uses and styles. There are four different styles of essay writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative.


Expository writing is one of the mainly common types of writing. While an author writes in an expository style, all they are annoying to do is explain an idea, impart information from themselves to a wider audience.

  • Expositions involve presenting details to a specific audience.
  • Expository writing is arranged to make information as available and understandable to the reader as possible.
  • Expository writers frequently define unfamiliar or technical terms by comparing them with something more familiar to the reader.


Persuasive writing is typically established in article and essay form. It also relies on specific facts and examples for support; however, persuasive writing does not rely a lot on facts. It must be clear and concise, but it can also be a bit more powerful and dramatic to help convince the reader.

  • Persuasive writing aim to move about the reader to maintain a point of view or to act in support of an idea or cause.
  • Persuasive writes organize their points for maximum impact on their audience.
  • Persuasive usually combine logical and emotional appeals intended to win over a specific audience


The purpose is not to tell but to entertain. Someone may read this type of writing to enjoy the attractiveness of the language and writing itself.

  • Descriptive focus on create a single dominant impression of a person, place, event, feeling or idea.
  • Descriptive writing frequently uses figurative language techniques such as simple symbol.


Narrative writing is used in almost each longer piece of writing, whether fiction or factual. When an author writes in a narrative style, they are not just trying to inform information, they are trying to make and communicate a story, complete with characters, disagreement, and settings.

  • A narrative is a story developed from an occasion or series of events
  • Narratives usually involve a character in conflict.
  • Details of character, setting, conflict, and plot are typically chosen and ordered in such a way as to expand a main theme or idea.

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