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What is Creative Writing?
Creative writing is any form of writing that falls outside the traditional professions associated with writing, specifically journalism, technical writing or academic writing. Creative writing is often associated with fiction, poetry or other related forms of writing. Individuals operating in this field will have a strong understanding of various forms of writing, literature, history, and other associated fields.
Though any individual may endeavor to pursue creative writing, there is a variety of programs that encourage and educate one in the methods and processes involved in creative writing. These programs can range from the associate level to high level graduate degrees, with higher level degrees often exploring theoretical and educational aspects of writing, and allowing for employment in colleges and universities.Newer programs may also focus on a wider area of writing, including television and screenwriting.
A curriculum in creative writing may include:
- Fiction Writing
- Introduction to Poetry
- Comparative Literature
- Writing for Television
- Writing for Genres
Individuals with an education or interest in creative writing may pursue employment in a variety of fields. This includes screen and television writing, short or long form fiction, poetry, and other such writing endeavors. Success in writing may not be immediate as it is a field that requires experience and acknowledgement in order to be successful, and as such many individuals turn to related occupations that utilize the skills earned through creative writing, such as technical writing, advertising, and teaching positions.
Job Growth, Salary, and Related Fields
Job growth for creative writing is expected to remain about the same as such positions are often limited. For individuals seeking publication through various online or print sources for short fiction, opportunities are abundant though pay is often minimal or nonexistent. Employment opportunities will vary based on the type of work pursued, but overall are expected to be low for career minded individuals. Salary will depend highly on one's position and can be incredibly low, or incredibly high based on the type of work one finds and pursues. For example, a screenwriter may earn over $100,000 per year, whereas another such screenwriter, with less notoriety or proficiency may earn less than $30,000 per year.
Individuals interested in creative writing may also be interested in general writing, rhetoric and composition, or technical and business writing.