What do Writers do?
Writers use their knowledge of language to craft original content based on either facts or fiction. They produce text in many formats from blogs, articles and reports, to manuscripts and poems.
If you have a good grasp of English language and a creative streak, you’re are persistent and love reading, then a career as a writer could be worth exploring.
- Disciplined and self-motivated, with top notch attention to detail
- Excellent written communication skills (particularly with respect to grammar and extensive vocabulary), and able to convey complex ideas with clarity
- Open minded with a thick skin (especially in relation to accepting changes and edits)
- Conceptualise ideas, research them accurately and in depth
- Write documents or other forms of text using your original ideas and research
- Proofread, edit and polish your writing before publishing
Writer salary (average) $83,000 per year
This salary is indicative only, it will vary depending on the type of writing you choose to do, if you are freelance or employed etc.
Job growth in writing is strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au) depending on the field you choose to specialise in.
To become a well respected writer you’ll need to be dedicated, write as often as possible to hone your skills, and be able to take criticism and negative feedback constructively.
How to become a Writer in Australia
You can become a writer without any formal qualifications, however they could be useful by improving your skills and making you more appealing to potential employers.
Step 1 – Choose to study advanced or higher English, English literature and any technical or creative writing classes offered by your high school. Technical skills including web programming, blogging software, social media, and typing skills could also come in handy.
Step 2 – Attend writing workshops and do courses (online ones are often available). Work hard to develop your verbal, written communication, and persuasive skills. Try being creative with your works and trying new angles and styles of writing.
Step 3 – Enter writing competitions as often as possible. You’ll challenge yourself and may become a published author as a result, plus it’ll look great on your resume. You can find some competitions on our page.
Step 4 – Apply for work experience positions within the industry, or volunteer in organisations where you’ll be able to gain some knowledge and skills. E.g. Library, publisher’s office, local newspapers and magazines, social media or marketing companies.
Step 5 – Research and complete tertiary qualifications that could help you find employment more easily. There are plenty of options to consider e.g.:
Creative Writing Course from TAFE QLD, there’s also an advance course if you’d like to study further.
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from a registered training organisation (RTO)
Bachelor of English and Creative Writing at Murdoch
Bachelor of Journalism at Bond
Or complete an approved degree in any field and do a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing (or similar), which could be completed in 6 months.
Step 6 – Take on an internship, find a mentor, keep writing.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What’s the difference between an author and a writer?
Not much. These terms can often be used interchangeably. However, “Writer” generally refers to anyone who’s main job duty is writing text, so it covers a broader range of careers. Authors usually work to generate original ideas as well as the content of their work, and their work has usually been published.
What do Writers do?
Writers create text. Anything you read has been written by someone who’s job or passion is writing. They may also have to do research, proofread and edit documents. The types of work writers produce includes (but isn’t limited to), books, reports, technical information, articles, blogs, short stories, infomercials, and poems.
Where do writers work?
Writers can work anywhere. Access to computers and the internet is often desirable but isn’t always essential. Of course, this depends on the type of writing and constraints from your employers or publishers.
Do I need to go to university to become a writer?
No, a university degree isn’t a requirement for a career as a writer. A degree or other qualification could improve your career prospects and help to fast track your success.