51111 – Authors and writers (except technical)

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5111 – Writing, translating and related communications professionals

Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches and other non-journalistic articles for publication or presentation. They are employed by advertising agencies, governments, large corporations, private consulting firms, publishing firms, multimedia/new-media companies and other establishments, or they may be self-employed.

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Example Titles

  • Advertising copywriter

  • Copywriter

  • Essayist

  • Interactive media writer

  • Literary writer

  • Novelist

  • Playwright

  • Poet

  • Script writer

  • Speech writer

  • Writer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Novelists, playwrights, script writers, poets and other creative writers

  • Conceive and write novels, plays, scripts, poetry and other material for publication or presentation

  • May conduct research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information.

Content writers (non-technical)

  • Write e-copy, blog posts, e-books, podcasts and other forms of Web-based content

  • Conduct research on a variety of topics to inform writing and may consult with clients to determine the goals of the writing.


  • Study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials.

Employment Requirements

  • Copywriters usually require a university degree or college diploma in French, English, marketing, advertising or another discipline.

  • Creative writing programs are offered by universities and colleges.

  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are important hiring criteria.

  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation may be required.