Media / Digital Media

Writer or Author

Writers and authors create original written work such as novels, poetry, short stories, biographies, plays. movie or TV scripts and blogs.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Writer or Author do?

Writers and authors create original written work such as novels, poetry, short stories, biographies, plays. movie or TV scripts and blogs.


Work activities

As a writer or author, you would:

  • conduct research into the subject you have been commissioned or have chosen to write about
  • plan and organise background and factual material
  • develop a draft outline for approval by editors, producers or clients
  • write the work
  • present drafts to editors, producers or clients for feedback or potential publication
  • revise or edit the work
  • check that any referencing is correct
  • work with editors and publishers to get material to a publishable form
  • work with other specialists such as scriptwriters, graphic designers or illustrators on multimedia works
  • write advertising copy
  • make sure the written material complies with copyright laws.

Key skills and interests

To become a writer, you would need:

  • excellent creative writing skills
  • excellent grammar and spelling skills
  • to be curious and observant
  • dedication, motivation and perseverance
  • the ability to work alone
  • the ability to accept feedback and criticism.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Many writers or authors are self-employed or work on a contract or freelance basis. You could choose your own working hours, although you may still have to meet publishing deadlines.


It is difficult to make a living from full-time writing. Many writers or authors undertake other employment alongside their writing. Increasingly, self-publication is an option for aspiring writers.


How to become an Writer or Author?

Entry Level Education

You can work as a writer or author without formal qualifications. You can develop your writing skills through a wide range of courses, from community workshops to qualifications at degree and postgraduate level.

Your employment prospects are likely to be improved if you undertake some formal training. You may like to consider a VET qualification in journalism or professional writing and editing. Alternatively, you can become a writer by undertaking a degree in an areas such as communication, with a major in creative writing. To get into these courses you usually have to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

The Australian Society of Authors promotes and protects the professional interests of Australian writers and authors.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of writers and authors is projected to remain neutral.

Strong competition is expected for any full-time available jobs because many people are attracted to this occupation.


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