For my research project I will be spending eight days hiking the 72 miles of Appalachian Trail (AT) that runs through Smokey Mountain National Park with my brother and writing a creative non-fiction narrative as I go. I will spend between one and three weeks after the trip typing out and combining the pieces I write on the trail into a single cohesive narrative that is between 20,000 and 30,000 words in length. By completing the process of sorting through many samples of my writing and deciding what to include in my final narrative, I hope to discover what elements of a nonfiction personal narrative make it relevant and interesting to a reader. Since the story centers around the author, it is especially important to discern what distinguishes a successful piece that engages the reader from a piece that is only of interest to its author. My goal for the piece is that people won’t just be reading about the adventure I took, but also sharing in it.