2017 Writers and Authors
Median Pay: US$60,250
Entry Level: Bachelor's degree
Summary
Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media.
Duties

Writers and authors typically do the following:

  • Choose subject matter that interests readers
  • Write fiction or nonfiction through scripts, novels, biographies, and more
  • Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail
  • Write advertising copy for newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and the Internet
  • Present drafts to editors and clients for feedback
  • Work with editors and clients to shape the material so it can be published

Writers and authors develop written material - namely, stories and advertisements - for books, magazines, and online publications.

Writers must establish their credibility with editors and readers through strong research and the use of appropriate sources and citations. Writers and authors select the material they want to use and then convey the information to readers. With help from editors, they may revise or rewrite sections, searching for the best organization and the most appropriate phrasing.

An increasing number of writers are freelance writers - that is, they are self-employed and sell their written content to book and magazine publishers; news organizations; advertising agencies; and movie, theater, and television producers. Many freelance writers are hired to complete specific short-term or recurring assignments, such as writing a newspaper column, contributing to a series of articles in a magazine, or producing an organization's newsletter.

An increasing number of writers are producing material that is published directly online, in videos and on blogs.

The following are examples of types of writers and authors:

Copywriters prepare advertisements to promote the sale of a good or service. They often work with a client to produce written content, such as advertising themes, jingles, and slogans.

Biographers write a thorough account of a person's life. They gather information from interviews and research about the person to accurately portray important events in that person's life.

Bloggers write posts to a web log (shortened to "blog" that usually pertain to any topic or a specific field, such as fashion, news, or sports.

Generalists write about any topic of interest, unlike writers who usually specialize in a given field.

Novelists write books of fiction, creating characters and plots that may be imaginary or based on real events.

Songwriters compose music and lyrics for songs. They may write and perform their own songs or sell their work to a music publisher. They sometimes work with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, and slogans, and they may be involved in marketing the product or service.

Playwrights write scripts for theatrical productions. They come up with a concept, write lines for actors to say, produce stage direction for actors to follow, and suggest ideas for theatrical set design.

Screenwriters create scripts for movies and television. They may produce original stories, characters, and dialogue, or turn a book into a movie or television script. Some may produce content for radio broadcasts and other types of performance.

Journalists write articles and reports on current events. For more information, see the profile on reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts.

Development (Writer/Grant Support) Internship

Type: Internship
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Baltimore, MD

Development (Writer/Grant Support) Internship

Type: Internship
Do you believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid? Would you like to work where you are encouraged to promote fun, creativity and play? If you are motivated and you possess leadership experience- both on and off the playground - we want you to put your passion for play to work...
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Washington, DC

Program Assistant

Type: Part Time
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FALL 2019 Internships - Creative Copywriter

Type: Internship
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Austin, TX

Intern, Marketing

Type: Internship
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Hollywood, CA

FALL COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Type: Internship
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Technical Writer Intern

Type: Internship
The selected intern will contribute to a fast-paced and growing team supporting the technology advancement for the aerospace and defense sector. In this position, the individual will be working as part of a team involved in updating technical documents, processes, and procedures. Interns would be...
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Underwriting Analyst

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Intern, Creative - Fall 2019

Type: Internship
APCO Worldwide, Inc. is looking for forward-thinking and enthusiastic interns for the fall of 2019. Interns are assigned to various practices within APCO (global marketing, health care & health policy, public affairs, crisis management & litigation communication, global solutions, insight/...
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Washington, DC

Inside Sales Representative

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Pharmacy Intern

Type: Internship
Follow established policies and procedures. Receive, sort, compound, process, and distribute a variety of medication orders under the supervision of a pharmacist. Assist in the maintenance of drug inventory and records of drug distribution. Perform duties relevant to pharmacy operations, support...
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Lead Driver

Type: Part Time
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Cape Girardeau, MO

Lead Driver

Type: Part Time
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Florence, AL

Business Development Intern

Type: Internship
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Development,Current Series, Preschool Intern, DreamWorks TV, Fall 2019

Type: Internship
DreamWorks Animation TV seeks an Intern for the Development, Preschool and Current Series departments in Glendale, CA. Interns will shadow and be able to share their creative point of view on content with high-level executives on both sides of Development and Production, gaining exposure to areas...
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Education Coordinator - Radiology Dept

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Philanthropy Intern (Fall 2019, FOR CREDIT ONLY)

Type: Internship
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Los Angeles, CA

Digital Marketing Internship (Fall 2019, FOR CREDIT ONLY)

Type: Internship
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Los Angeles, CA

Digital Marketing Intern (Fall 2019, FOR CREDIT ONLY)

Type: Internship
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Los Angeles, CA

Editorial Intern - Fall 2019

Type: Internship
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