Persuasive Writing: Prewriting and Outlining

The fourth stage of the Hero’s Journey is the epiphany. The epiphany is an understanding that creates a change. People experience personal and professional epiphanies all the time: sometimes these are aha moments that awake us to new ways of thinking, and sometimes these are more subtle shifts that lead to new ideas. You are developing your voice, along with your writing skills, as you move through this course. Hopefully, you are attaining new understandings about academic writing that you can take into your discipline. By now, you are aware of beginnings (birth), challenges (obstacles), and new knowledge (epiphany).
For this assessment, we will again start at the beginning of the stages of writing for the final essay—the persuasive essay. The purpose of writing a persuasive essay is to take a firm stance on an arguable concept and to persuade your reader of your stance effectively via argument strategies and the integration of scholarly research.
Here are some heroes whose epiphanies created change:
Joseph Lister was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
Jonas Salk discovered and developed the polio vaccine.