A narrative, story or tale is any account of a series of related events or experiences, whether nonfictional (memoir, biography, news report, documentary, travelogue, etc.) or fictional (fairy tale, fable, legend, thriller, novel, etc.).

- Narrative

The rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse) are a long-standing attempt to broadly classify the major kinds of language-based communication, particularly writing and speaking, into narration, description, exposition, and argumentation.

- Rhetorical modes

Nonfiction is one of the fundamental divisions of narrative writing (specifically, prose) — in contrast to fiction, largely populated by imaginary characters and events, though sometimes ambiguous regarding its basis in reality.

- Nonfiction

Along with argumentation, description, and exposition, narration (the process of presenting a narrative), broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse.

- Narrative

Common literary examples of nonfiction include expository, argumentative, functional, and opinion pieces; essays on art or literature; biographies; memoirs; journalism; and historical, scientific, technical, or economic writings (including electronic ones).

- Nonfiction

In other nonfiction contexts (such as technical communication), the purpose is to teach and inform.

- Rhetorical modes

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