Writers plan and write literary or other written work for publication or performance. Writers may create original pieces of written work that can take the form of poetry, novels, short stories, biographies, plays, or film, radio and television scripts. They may also write for multimedia distribution, such as CD-ROMs and the Internet.
Writers choose themes or subjects for written work, conduct research into the subject, assemble background material and obtain other necessary data. They plan and organise material and write the work. They revise or edit the work, ensuring coherence of style, proper development of theme, plot and characterisation, and correct referencing. They need to set out their original manuscripts so that they are clear and legible, that is, either typed or word-processed, before submitting their work to a publisher.
Writers often work collaboratively with visual or performance artists and other specialists such as scriptwriters, software developers, graphic designers and illustrators, to create multimedia works.
Writers may specialise in:
Schooling & School Subjects
Although it is not essential to train to become a writer, further qualifications can make entry into this field more accessible.
Degree: BA with suitable majors, such as languages, - UJ, UZ, UKZN, US, UNISA, Communication - UFH, UFS, UZ, NWU, Monash, and Journalism - UJ, NWU, US, UZ, UFS, Wits, RU, UFH
Diploma: N.Dip: Journalism - CPUT, TUT, UJ, DUT
Some publications prefer a university degree in languages, communication, or journalism together with relevant experience in newspaper or magazine publishing. In most cases a university of technology diploma provides a good foundation.
Writers are usually self-employed or work under contract. Business writers may be employed by government departments and private businesses. Technical writers are usually employed under contract to publishers.
Tshwane University of Technology
Private Bag X860
Tel: (012) 318-5911 Fax: (012) 318-5845
Any newspaper or magazine office