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 Job Description – Writers (creative) produce literary compositions, articles, reports, books and other texts. Writers are involved in the creation and development of works of fiction and non-fiction.
This covers a number of wide and varied forms including poetry, prose, life writing, and material for the theatre, screen and radio (such as comedy/soap opera scripts, drama productions and documentaries). Writers may also create the content for websites or write articles for magazines or newspapers. 

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • selecting subject matter based on personal or public interest, or commissioned by a publisher or agent;
  • developing the technical skills of writing and maintaining originality;
  • using literary skills to develop themes and storylines, while making characters and plots believable;
  • encouraging and acting upon critical feedback in the most appropriate manner;
  • being prepared to rewrite and revise work (often several times) following feedback;
  • liaising with publishers, agents, script editors, producers and directors;
  • finding, pursuing and maintaining knowledge of publication opportunities;
  • attending courses and participating in workshops to improve and build upon writing skills;
  • appearing at public readings and book signings, schools, libraries, colleges and literary festivals;
  • working to tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio;
  • undertaking research, including plot-lines, places, themes and characters;
  • verifying the factual content of written work;
  • conducting interviews with people either face-to-face, over the telephone or by email;
  • submitting material for publication in the required and expected format;
  • rewriting and adapting material (and sometimes the work of others) for alternative formats, e.g. adapting novels for stage or producing an e-book;
  • maintaining an active interest in the specific genre, such as novels, film, TV, radio;

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