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Writing and Editing

AREAS
WRITING/EDITING
Creative Writing- Books, Poetry, Plays, Screenplays, Scripts, Greeting Cards, Lyrics/Jingle Writing
Journalism- Writing/Reporting, Editing
Technical Writing- Science and Medical Writing
Freelance Writing

EMPLOYERS
Newspapers
Magazines
Broadcast media companies including television, radio, and the movie industry
Trade, professional, or consumer publications
Internet sites
Large corporations
Government agencies including: Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of State, Veterans Affairs, National Archives and Records Admin.
Universities and university presses
Technical industries
Self-employed/Freelance

STRATEGIES
Select elective coursework in a particular area of interest. Write for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines, or departmental/program newsletters. Volunteer to assist or tutor students in a writing center. For technical writing positions obtain a concentration in technical writing. Take science and/or computer courses to gain knowledge about technical areas and trends. Become familiar with the proposal writing and submission process involved in freelance writing. Gain as much experience as possible through volunteer positions, internships, or part-time jobs. Demonstrate patience and persistence in starting a career in creative writing.