Creative Writing

What is Creative Writing? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources Links UNCW Dept. of Creative Writing

What is Creative Writing?

"Like a child at play, the creative writer expends his emotion (libido energy) into a world of make-believe. In serious fantasy he fulfills his wishes without embarrassment, allowing his reader to do the same." Sigmund Freud

The creative process involves the student in decision making about content, genre, form, structure, language, theme, craft, and imagery. The end result is the creation of something new that has its own meaning. The point at which various decisions are made will be different for each student and, possibly, for each project. The process, then, is an organic process, and one that is unique to individual artists and students. It describes the complex interaction between the student and the work-in-progress.

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Related Career Titles

Author Instructor
Editor Legacy Writer (write bios and family histories)
Greeting Card Writer Ghostwriter
Reviewer (books, products, etc.) Travel Writer
Writing Coach/Consultant Article Writer (trade journals, newsletters, magazines, etc.)
Advertising/Marketing (creative) Columnist
Screenwriter (TV, Movies) Video Game Writer
Journalist Personal Poet (poems for weddings, funerals, childbirths, etc.)
Songwriter Playwright
Librarian Blogger
Researcher Technical Writer
Grant Writer Website Content Writer
Public Relations Freelance Writer
Proofreader Media Planner
Speech Writer

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Related Major Skills

Highly imaginative Self-disciplined Able to work with deadlines
Persistent Self-motivated Observant
Organized Open to criticism Strong communication
Individually expressive Proficient in editing Proficient in close reading
Proficient in Interpretive Reading Proficient in Critiquing Proficient in Research
Proficient in Grammar Proficient in Word Processing Proficient in fiction, non-fiction & poetry writing

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Job & Internship Search Links

Handshake -- UNCW's Online Job & Career Portal

Job Search Resources

The Write Jobs

Writing World


Writers Write

Creative Writing - Universal Class


Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

Creative Writing Jobs and Salary Information

Professional Association Links

Association of American Publishers

Association of Authors and Publishers

Association of Directory of Publishers

Associated Writing Programs: Services for writers and teachers

North Carolina Writers' Network

Southeastern Writers Association

Modern Language Association

Miscellaneous Resources

Artist resource

City and Regional Magazine Publishers

Educational Paperback Association

International Publishers Association

Magazine Publishers of America

National Newspaper Publishing Association

Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network

Book Binders West: Industry Resources

Media Week

Audio Book Industry

Board Game Publishers

Business Book Publishers

Children's Book Publishers

Publishers Weekly

Creative writing classes and coaching

The Fiction Writer's Journey

Web links to literary magazines:

Columbia: A Journal of Fiction and Poetry

Georgia Review

Glimmer Train Stories
Kenyon Review

Michigan Quarterly Review

New England Review

Zoethrope: All Story

Links to other resources:

Kansas State University

Creative writing, web style

Literary Marketplace

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