Authors and writers jobs in Canada


49 370 $
This salary is an average estimate between all available diplomas degrees related to this career. Click here to get an overview of salary depending of diploma.
No certificate, diploma or degree : 44 840 $
High school diploma or equivalent : 43 190 $
Postsecondary certificate or diploma below bachelor level : 50 340 $
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above : 50 080 $

Career's stability

The career's stability is based on the employment projection for that working area for the year 2022.

Employment requirements

  • Technical writers usually require a university degree in the area of specialization, such as computer science or engineering.
  • 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.

Job overview

Authors and writers plan, research and write books, scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, speeches, manuals, specifications 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.

Main duties

  • 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.
  • Analyze material, such as specifications, notes and drawings and write manuals, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment.
  • Study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials.

Illustrative example(s)

  • advertising copywriter
  • copywriter
  • essayist
  • interactive media writer
  • literary writer
  • medical writer
  • novelist
  • playwright
  • poet
  • scientific writer
  • script writer
  • specifications writer
  • speech writer
  • technical writer
  • writer

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