Creative Writer/Poet  What They Do

Just the Facts


Creates original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Revises written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Chooses subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.
  • Plans project arrangements or outlines, and organizes material accordingly.
  • Prepares works in appropriate format for publication, and sends them to publishers or producers.
  • Follows appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.
  • Writes fiction or nonfiction prose such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Develops factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue, to create material.
  • Confers with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Conducts research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
  • Writes narrative, dramatic, lyric, or other types of poetry for publication.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Book Reviewer -- Reviews books by giving a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation on the quality, meaning, and significance of a book.
  • Critic -- Writes critical reviews of literary, musical, or artistic works and performances for broadcast and publication.
  • Ghost Writer -- Collaborates with someone and uses that person's knowledge and experiences as research material for what he/she writes.
  • Lyricist -- Writes words to be sung or spoken to accompaniment of music.
  • Comic Book Writer --
  • Documentary Script Writer --
  • Greeting Card Writer --
  • Movie Writer --