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:
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.
Durban University of Technology , Lesotho College of Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute and Rabindranath Tagore Institute, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, North-West University, Sol Plaatjies University, University of Botswana, University of Johannesburg, University of Malawi (Chancellor College), University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Mauritius, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of the Free State, University of the Western Cape