Finding a Writing Job

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Published on March 3, 2014

Author: juliewright

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What every high school student with a passion and talent for writing needs to know about finding a job in a writing field like journalism, public relations, advertising, creative writing, technical writing and grant writing.

PRESENTATION Writing Your Own Ticket Making a career out of your passion and talent for writing JULIE WRIGHT Feb. 22, 2014

THE BEGINNING… 2

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THE MIDDLE… • College degrees • First writing jobs – Script reader for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. – Freelance journalist – Newspaper columnist – Radio newscaster – Public relations consultant 4

THE END... • Founded PR agency 16 years ago • Hire other writers – full-time & freelance • Enjoy sharing my knowledge & experiences • SELFISH: I want more great writers!

THINGS I’VE BEEN PAID TO WRITE • • • • • • • • • Ad copy Product names Press releases Op-eds Letters to the editor Classified ads Websites Video scripts Signs • • • • • • • • • • Brochures Annual reports Packaging information Posters and billboards Email blasts Employee newsletters Company newsletters Speeches Obituaries Tweets, posts, Instagrams 6

PROFESSIONAL WRITERS • Creative writer – Self publishing, novelist, playwri ght, script writer, etc. • Advertising copywriter – Creative and strategic, writes taglines (Just Do It), creative headlines, jingles, etc. • Blogger – Social media has created new opportunities and is a great entry point

PROFESSIONAL WRITERS, cont’d • Journalist (hack) – Freelance, staff writer, editor, multimedia journalist (TV, radio, print, online) – Specialize: food, science, entertainment, fashion, busin ess, environment, etc. • Public Relations (flak) – Press releases, speeches, social media content, ad copy, newsletter articles, opeds, etc. • Grant writer – Help nonprofits and others secure funding based on your proposals • Technical writer – Software manual, policy and procedures, etc.

ADVERTISING COPYWRITER

ADVICE FROM AD PROS 10

BLOGGER 11

ADVICE FROM BLOGGERS 12

JOURNALIST 13

ADVICE FROM JOURNALISTS 14

PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL 15

ADVICE FROM THE PR PROS 16

GRANT WRITER 17

TECHNICAL WRITER 18

FINDING A JOB • Craigslist – – – – Email subject line Email body message Resume attachment Writing samples • Job Sites – Ex: Monster.com – Keywords • Interviews – Prepare – Focus answers on the needs of the employer – Come prepared with some questions of your own – Always ask for the job 19

WHAT IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING? AND WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? 20

AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO CARE? 21

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Q &A 23

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