Can you paint a vivid picture using only words? Are you a great story-teller with a love for reading? If so, you may find a writing career, whether you document technical information or you develop screen plays for television and the movies. Other avenues of work include publishing, editing, advertising or journalism. Writers may also be freelancers or authors of Internet blogs.
Curriculum for bachelor's degrees in creative writing
Bachelor's degrees in creative writing can help you understand how to write well, communicate clearly, think analytically and conduct productive research. General education courses such as mathematics, sciences and the humanities enable you to write about diverse topics, while politics, history and philosophy help you understand the world. Creative writing coursework could include:
- Children's literature
- English language studies such as grammar
- Essay writing
- Literary studies and literary theory
- Publishing and editing
- Script writing
- Writing poetry, prose or drama
Courses, whether on Shakespeare or Kerouac, might be taught by critically acclaimed authors. Some programs offer concentrations, such as fiction or nonfiction. Applicants generally bring a strong background in English and a portfolio of original writing. Workshops may provide group or individual critiques of your writing, and some programs require an original literary work as a capstone project.
Creative writing career options, outlook and salaries
The employment growth outlook for writers and authors between 2010 and 2020 is slow at 6.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the median 2010 wage was $55,420. Technical writers earn more, with a median 2010 salary of $63,280, and they can expect significantly higher growth at 17.2 percent. The BLS notes that technical writing requires 1-5 years of experience for entry into the field, plus on-the-job training in a specialty such as information technology or health care.
If you have creative writing magic, you can continue with a master's and doctoral degree to further refine your craft. Advanced degrees also prepare you for creative and scholarly publication and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Online programs offer a convenient option for writers who need to continuing working while pursuing their academic goals. Writers are often independent types, adapted to the self-motivated learning style that comes with web-based studies. If you believe you have the talent it takes, it's time to write the first chapter of the rest of your life.