How to Write a Segmented Essay

While most essays are written in chronological, linear fashion with clear transitions, segmented essays are a bit different. Considered a more poetic way to write an essay, segmented essays are made up of different sections, or segments, that are separated by white space and that have no clearly written transitions between the sections. In addition, the sections do not have to appear in chronological order.

Write a Draft

Choose a topic that intrigues, inspires or interests you.

Select five to 10 keywords and/or concepts that come to mind when you think about the topic.

Write one or two paragraphs about each keyword and/or concept, without worrying about how all the keywords and paragraphs relate to each other.


Look at all the paragraphs you have and determine if you have enough material for the desired length of your essay. If your essay is too short, write out a few more keywords and/or concepts and write one or two paragraphs for those as well.

Edit each paragraph as a stand-alone, as if each paragraph were a mini essay. Revise for punctuation and grammar, as well as tone and style.

Read all the paragraphs when you've finished revising and decide if you'd like to order them for the most logical flow of ideas, or if you'd like to order them according to tone, or subject matter, or even if you'd like to order them to be as disconnected as possible.


Write a paragraph about as many points related to the topic as possible so that you'll have plenty of material to choose from, even if you decide not to use it all.


Ask a peer to read your essay and give you honest feedback before you turn it in for a grade so you can make any necessary changes.

Just because your essay does not have to be in logical order or have transitions, it still has to be well developed and well written.

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