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What Is a Graphic Essay in Writing?

In this post, we look at what a graphic essay is, including what makes it different from other types of essays and when writers may prefer to use this style.

Recently, I covered the what a fragmented essay is, and I want to keep the essay momentum going by doing the same for graphic essays. There's a whole world of essay styles available to writers, so we'll get to each as we can.

(What Is a Personal Essay in Writing?)

In this post, we're going to look at what a graphic essay is, including what makes it different from other types of essays and when writers may prefer to use this style.

What Is a Graphic Essay in Writing?

What Is a Graphic Essay in Writing?

A graphic essay is an essay that uses images and graphics to complement the writing. This could be an essay that is explained via comic book panels or in the style of infographics (but as an essay).

(How to Create a Narrative Arc for Personal Essays.)

As such, a graphic essay is more visual and design based, which can make it fun. But the same essay-writing criteria applies as in other types of essays. Writers still need to deliver engaging content that either delivers fact-based information, data, and/or a compelling story.

Writers may choose graphic essays over other styles of essay writing for a few reasons. First, it can be a more visually interesting method of delivering your words to readers. Second, the visuals can help add more emphasis (or context) to what the words say. Finally, images are just fun.

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