A personal recount conveys information from the writer to the reader about a past experience. The writer should go over why he is writing it, whom he is writing it for, how he is represented and major themes or attitudes of the story.

A personal recount can take the form of a diary, memoir, anecdote, personal letter or journal. There are four necessary points made in the recount. The first part of the recount is the title. The title should give a clear, yet summarized idea of what the recount is about.

The second stage of the recount is the orientation. This portion of the text provides the reader with background information necessary to understand the story. It includes who is involved, when the events happened and where they happened.

After the background is established, the writer tells the events that took place. The sequence of events should be chronological. A clear distinction of events and a smooth transition from one to another is necessary to create a good recount.

The last part of the sequence is the re-orientation. This final stage is used to sum up the experience and evaluate everything that happened. It should direct itself back to the orientation.