Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.1% (slower than the average)


What Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Do

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Other Job Titles Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers May Have

Author, Freelance Writer, Novelist, Songwriter

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Author/Speaker ,

Founder of the College Success Program

As a professional speaker, I have spoken to over 500,000 people in 48 states and 5 countries. I often give TEDx talks and other speeches on topics such as likability and innovation. I also host one of the top career podcasts on iTunes, The Art of Likability, which is listened to in over 135 countries worldwide. I work with hundreds of schools and teach students how to succeed in the college environment by becoming a student leader that actually learns real-world skills.

Author ,

"I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter's Special Journey"

My "job" as a stay-at-home mom and advocate for my daughter is 24/7 and every day is different. The majority of my day is spent taking care of my kids and their needs. I also spend a lot of time online raising awareness for these learning issues through my website and on social media. This entails writing blog posts, chatting with others struggling in the community, and researching new therapies/treatments. I also occasionally do guest speaking events at universities.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.
  • Prepare works in appropriate format for publication, and send them to publishers or producers.
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.

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