Core 110

Dr. Lloyd

Essay 2: Profile Paper

For this paper, you will assume the role of reporter as you write a three to four page essay about an intriguing person, place, activity or event.  Be creative as you find a topic.  The more unusual or odd the topic, the better the paper will be. 

Your goal is to make your readers feel as if they know the person, are in this place or are experiencing the event or activity you are describing.  To accomplish this, observe your subject closely and present what you have learned in a way that both informs and entertains the reader.   This means that you must go to a place, attend an event or activity or interview a person. Please do not write about a place or event you have gone to in the past.  Your observations should be fresh and recent. 

As with any piece of good writing, a profile paper must be organized around a theme or focus.  Your essay also should include vivid details.  Once you have thought of a topic, take some time to write down your preconceptions of it.  What do you expect to find in that place, from that person, at that event?   As you contemplate your subject, you might answer these questions:

Use this information to help shape your draft. 

An example of the Profile Paper may be found on WebCT. (

Due Dates:

    Wednesday, September 26 - Interview questions and First Draft Due

    Week of Monday, October 1 - Conferences (Bring transition-revised draft along with your questions.)

    Monday, October 8 - Responding Session.  Submit typed copies of your draft.

    Wednesday, October 10 - Final draft due in class.  Please submit all drafts.

Length:  3-4 typed, double-spaced pages