Writing your prologue and epilogue

Prologue (minimum 150 words)

What is a prologue?

A prologue is an introduction to your work.  It is meant to greet readers and give a bit of background information about your project.  You'll need to introduce the subject and anything you think the reader should know about you and/or your project before they read it. It will help orient your readers quickly and supply information that will help build meaning the further they read.

  • The prologue should preview your project: what's ahead.

  • How did you come up with your idea?
  • Why is your topic important?

Epilogue (minimum 300 words)

What is an epilogue?

An epilogue is similar to a conclusion. In your epilogue you should reflect on your topic. This is a chance to share your thoughts and feelings with your audience. This part should be your personal reflection about what you have learned. It can be in first person.

  • What did you learn that you didn't know before?

  • How has writing about this topic changed your perspective on your topic?

  • What is most important for others to know about this topic?

  • Review the empowerment cycle: how does it apply to your processes in this project?


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