Creates original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.
A person in this career:
- Revises written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
- Chooses subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.
- Plans project arrangements or outlines, and organizes material accordingly.
- Prepares works in appropriate format for publication, and sends them to publishers or producers.
- Follows appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.
- Writes fiction or nonfiction prose such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
- Develops factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue, to create material.
- Confers with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
- Conducts research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
- Writes narrative, dramatic, lyric, or other types of poetry for publication.