Authors and Writers

(NOC 5121)

Career Description

Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation.

Duties May Include

  • Novelists, playwrights, script writers, poets and other creative writers conceive and write novels, plays, scripts, poetry and other material for publication or presentation and may conduct research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information.
  • Technical writers analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings, and write manuals, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment.
  • Copywriters study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials.
  • Authors and writers may specialize in a particular subject or type of writing.

Examples of Titles

Ad Writer
Creative Writer
News Writer
Technical Writer

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Centennial College
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Professional Writing Certificate; Online; Distance
Business Writing Certificate; Online; Distance
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
English - Creative and Professional Writing Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
English - Rhetoric, Media and Professional Communication Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Concordia University
Montreal, Qu├ębec, CA

Related Program(s):
English and Creative Writing (BA) Bachelor; Honours
Creative Writing (BA) Bachelor; Honours
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OCAD University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Creative Writing Bachelor
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Western University
London, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Creative Writing and English Language and Literature Bachelor; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022