Careers in Creative Writing

Careers in Creative Writing

Our internship network is growing all the time

Creative Writing Careers List
Creative Writing Careers List

The Career Services staff, as well as the Creative Writing faculty themselves, devote time toward ensuring you get hands-on practical experience before you leave campus. Some of the past student internships have included private editing and research work for local writers, biographers, and screenwriters; working for literary non-profits; as well as positions writing for online journals, print newspapers, literary magazines, art galleries, and more.

Our Professional Practice classes will help you learn how to submit your writing, navigate the literary world, and prepare you for a life as a professional, publishing writer. We highlight guest speakers that range from agents to editors, publishers to professional bloggers – to help you understand how the world of writing works in the 21st century. Plus, through working with campus publications such as Glyph and Jackalope, you’ll be generating professional content that will help you build a portfolio of writing you’ll be proud to submit to prospective employers before you even graduate. SFUAD gives you all the tools you need to start your career in writing.

Creative Writing Careers List and Descriptions:

  • Novelist – Follow your passion writing full-length novels and expanding on your preferred writing style.
  • Scriptwriter / Screenwriter – Collaborate with directors and producers to create scripts for films, TV shows, or advertisements.
  • Journalist – Seek out the real stories and deliver them in a compelling manner to a variety of audiences.
  • Copywriter – Craft persuasive ads, website copy, landing page copy, emails, jingle lyrics, and other written marketing content for a brand or an agency.
  • Editor – Plan, review, and revise content for publication in a variety of mediums.
  • Ghostwriter – Capture ideas, expertise, and voice of an expert and convert it to written form for books or other written publications.
  • Literary Agent – Review book manuscripts, provide feedback to authors, and negotiate business deals between authors and publishers.
  • Proofreader – Read copy and transcripts, ensuring there are no spelling, grammatical, or typographical errors.
  • Research Writer – Research information on a wide variety of topics from online and offline sources and make it easy for others to understand.
  • Marketer – Create copy for advertisements, marketing collateral, and even blog and website copy.
  • Technical Writer / Communicator – Prepare technical materials such as instruction manuals, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex information ina more simple format.
  • Video Game Story Writer – Collaborate with game designers, level designers, and artists to communicate a full narrative throughout the game play experience.
  • Travel Writer – Create informational articles on interesting destinations for a variety of print and online publications like or NationalGeographic.
  • Writing Coach – Help writers hone their skills by organizing and guiding their writing throughout the process.
  • Content or Book Publisher – Oversee the selection, production, marketing, and distribution process involved with new works of writing.
  • Web Editor or Web Author - Plan, review, and revise content for publication on a website including text, images, and videos.
  • Public Relations Writer – Create publicity for a business or organization and write press releases for media outlets or websites for publication.

Where to get a Job in Creative Writing:

  • Theatres
  • Television / Film Studios
  • Television / Radio Stations
  • Video Production Companies
  • Magazines / Newspapers
  • Nonprofit Agencies
  • Freelance / Self-Employed
  • Web Publishers
  • Book Publishers
  • In-House Corporations
  • Marketing / Advertising Agencies
  • Local / State / National Government
  • Higher Education

Visiting Artists: Creative Writing

Every year, the Creative Writing department brings in professionals and authors from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with creative writing students:

  • Ramona Ausubel (award-winning author of No One is Here Except All of Us, A Guide to Being Born, featured in The New Yorker, One Story, Electric Literature, the Green Mountains Review and more.
  • Hakim Bellamy (poet, activist, musician, national and regional Poetry Slam Champion)
  • David Berkeley (singer, songwriter: four studio albums, one live, and one book, all self-produced)
  • Ashley Butler (author of Dear Sound of Footstep, essays have appeared in various literary journals)
  • Carol Carpenter (novelist, playwright: The Guadalupe; Sweet, Sweet Spirit)
  • T Cooper (novelist, The Beaufort Diaries, Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, and Some of the Parts)
  • Joanne Dwyer (poet, published or forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Conduit, FIELD, The Massachusettes Review, The New England Review, and TriQuarterly)
  • Gina Frangello (novelist, A Life in Men, My Sister’s Continent, the short story collection Slut Lullabies; fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown)
  • Louise Gluck (Poet Laureate consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, winner 1993 Pulitzer Prize: Wild Iris)
  • Denis Johnson (writer, Jesus’ Son, Tree of Smoke, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction)
  • Robert Hass (poet, winner of the 2007 National Book Award, shared 2008 Pulitzer Prize: Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005)
  • Galway Kinnell (poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Selected Poems, former poet laureate for the state of Vermont)
  • Kevin McIlvoy (author, A Waltz, Little Peg, Hyssop, and The Fifth Station, The Complete History of New Mexico)
  • Julie Powell (fiction and non-fiction author of Julie and Julia)
  • Lia Purpura (award-wining poet, writer, educator, 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient)
  • Tomaž Šalamun (writer, leading name of the postwar neo-avant-garde poetry in Central Europe, internationally acclaimed absurdist)
  • Said Sayrafiezadeh (author, When Skateboards Will be Free; work appearing in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times)
  • Salvatore Scibona (author of National Book Award-finalist novel The End; selected by the The New Yorker: “20 under 40: Fiction Writers to Watch”)
  • Gary Shteyngart (author, Little Failure, a Memoir, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook; work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Granta,The New York Times)
  • Michael Silverblatt (broadcaster, host of Bookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on books and literature, since 1989)
  • Tom Sleigh (award-winning poet, dramatist, academic, featured in: The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Threepenny, The Village Voice)
  • David Ulin (author, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time; featured in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The NPR’s “All Things Considered,” book editor of the Los Angeles Times)