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What does a Writer do?

Writers produce a variety of types of creative work, including novels, short stories, non-fiction, feature articles for newspapers and magazines, children's books, plays, poetry and material for radio, television and film.

They may choose their subject matter based on personal interest or be given assignments by agents or publishers.

They research, plan, draft and revise their work before submitting it to a publisher, either unsolicited or usually through an agent.

Established writers may also attend book signings, readings and discussions of their work or run workshops for other writers.

What's the working environment like working as a Writer?

Writers work on a self employed, freelance basis, generally working alone and from home. Only a small percentage write full-time; many supplement their incomes by working in other professions.

Hours of work vary, with most writers developing their own schedules, although they may be required to adhere to an agreed deadline. They will also attend meetings with agents and publishers.

What does it take to become a Writer?

To be a writer you should:

  • have literary skills
  • be self disciplined and highly motivated
  • have perseverance and determination
  • be happy working alone for long periods
  • be able to accept criticism objectively
  • have excellent research skills
  • be able to meet deadlines
  • have keyboarding skills
  • have an interest in marketing and promoting your work.

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Further information

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Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
15 Britannia Street
London
WC1X 9JN
Tel: 020 7833 0777
www.writersguild.org.uk

Arts Council England
14 Great Peter Street
London
SW1P 3NQ
Tel: 0845 300 6200
www.artscouncil.org.uk

TAPS
Shepperton Studios
Studios Road
Shepperton
Middlesex
TW17 0QD
Tel: 01932 592 151
www.tvarts.demon.co.uk

Society of Authors
84 Drayton Gardens
London
SW10 9SB
Tel: 020 7373 6642
www.societyofauthors.net

The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London
WC2H 9BX
Tel: 020 7420 9880
www.poetrysociety.org.uk

Booktrust
Book House
45 East Hill
London
SW18 2QZ
Tel: 020 8516 2977
www.booktrust.org.uk

Writernet
www.writernet.org.uk

BBC Writersroom
www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom

Arvon Foundation
42a Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 0RE
www.arvonfoundation.org

National Association of Writers in Education
www.nawe.co.uk