Creative Writing

Typically works of fiction, creative writing spans different genres and styles and can include short stories, novels, poetry, plays and scripts. Creative writing can be any type of written work that is not technical or analytical.

The skills you develop through practice and critique of your written work can prepare you for many career paths that require creativity and storytelling. In addition to writers, the literary and publishing industry needs people in business positions, such as agents, editors and marketers. 

Gaining experience

Writing for publications, volunteering and getting involved with student groups that focus on fiction are important ways to gain experience. Start to build a portfolio of your written work — including related coursework and any of your work that has been published — so you are prepared to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments. 

Seeking out alumni who work in an area of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work.

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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