Careers in Culture

Writing and Publishing


A career in writing and publishing is a rewarding one with many opportunities and challenges. Using quizzes and interactive tools, this site will lead you to discover:

  • Whether a career in writing and publishing is right for you
  • The skills you need to be a writer or publisher
  • The multiple opportunities available in writing and publishing
  • Tools and tips for getting your ideal job

If you have an interest in words and a creative mind, a career in writing and publishing could be for you.

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Words on the Move: Careers in Writing and Publishing

Words on the Move: Careers in Writing and Publishing

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Words on the Move: Careers in Writing and Publishing


Has your love affair with the written word pushed you towards exploring a career as a writer? Do you look through your local library or bookstore and wonder why you can’t find a certain kind of book? Are you wondering how your writing talents might work best in today’s marketplace? In the universe of instant communication, writers are in demand, and publishing is crossing from print into many different electronic formats. Good writing and publishing skills and experience open doors to innumerable occupations. Some writers dream of penning the great Canadian novel, play or screenplay, but the vast majority make their living as journalists, freelance writers, technical writers or, working in publishing houses.

Words on the Move! Careers in Writing and Publishing is part of a series of online resources to help you research, plan and achieve your cultural career goals. The series was developed by the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), a national not for profit organization that represents artists and arts organizations across Canada in consultation with writers and those working in the publishing industry. Explore CHRC’s website to learn more about other careers in culture.

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Section 1 – What You Need to Know

In the first section, “What You Need to Know”, we:

  • Look at the various job opportunities available in writing and publishing.
  • Help you determine if careers in writing and publishing might be in your future.
  • Examine some of the things successful writers and publishing people have in common.
  • Explore the future of writing and publishing and learning.

Section 2 – What You Need to Do

In the second section, “What You Need to Do”, we:

  • Explore the various educational paths you should follow in order to make yourself marketable in a competitive writing and publishing field.
  • Show you how to market yourself by creating great cover letters, effective résumés, and performing well in interviews.
  • Provide you with a list of helpful links, so that when you are ready to pursue your exciting new career, you will have all the tools at your disposal.

Careers that begin with words

Career Audiences

Book Publishing
Author/Translator / Publisher / Managing Editor / Permissions Editor / Copy-Editor / Proofreader / Production Manager / Production Coordinator / Art Director / Illustrator / Book Designer / Marketing Manager / Sales Representative / Book Distributor/Wholesaler / Bookseller / Librarian

Magazines and Newspapers
Publisher / Managing Editor / City/Feature/Sports/Photo Editor / Columnist/Writer / Correspondent/Reporter / Feature/Staff Writer / Researcher / Illustrator / Executive Editor / News Desk Editor / Newspaper Sports Editor / Marketing Manager / Advertising Manager/Director / Circulation Manager / Proofreader

Business and Government
Press Secretary / Public Affairs Officer / Annual Report Writer / Communications/Information Officer / Corporate Communicator / Media Analyst / Newsletter Writer/Editor / Public Relations Representative/Consultant / Speechwriter / Technical Writer / Publicist / Archivist