Narrative: A narrative essay is the same as writing a story.
Expository: This is informative essays that presents a balanced analysis of a topic.
Argumentative: This essay presents two sides of a controversial issue in one paper; you are expected to present a valid argument towards each side without bias using verifiable information and come up with the pros and cons of each argument.
Analytical: Analytical essays involve getting a range of information from different sources and analyzing the different viewpoints from a factual standpoint.
Research Thesis: A larger project, usually required for MFA students, that includes deep research and specific documentation.