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Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 2,610

Projected Annual Job Openings: 80

Typical Hourly Wage: $30.26 - $53.32

Typical Annual Salary: $62,900 - $110,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.
  • Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly.
  • Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.
  • Write words to fit musical compositions, including lyrics for operas, musical plays, and choral works.
  • Follow appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.
  • Write fiction or nonfiction prose such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue, to create material.
  • Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.

tools & technology

  • Laser fax machine
  • Laser printers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers

  • Office suite software
  • Text to speech conversion software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Word processing software

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