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Creative Writing: Career Resources for Writers

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Self-Paced Tutorials and Research Guides

Want some more in-depth information about preparing for a job or career? Check out this self-paced Canvas tutorial which includes the following modules:

  • How to Explore Careers Using Library Resources
  • Information Skills for the Workplace

More resources can be found in the Career Research Guide


Use keywords to search for more books using the library catalog.

For search tips check out the video: Career Research: How to Search the Library Catalog 


SCC Library Books and eBooks

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Writers and Authors

Writers and Authors: A Practical Career Guide, which includes interviews with professionals in the field, covers the following areas of this field that have proven to be stable, lucrative, and growing professions. Biographers; Bloggers; Content writers; Copywriters; Novelists; Playwrights; Screenwriters; Speechwriters.

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Plan B

Taking us on a witty, fascinating, no-holds barred romp through his own experiences in the world of commercial writing and publishing, McIntosh reassures us that it is possible to have a successful career as a poet while holding down day jobs that make us better writers.

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Welcome to the Writer's Life

Learn how to take your work to the next level with this informative guide on the craft, business, and lifestyle of writing  This book includes an in-depth exploration of all the elements of being a writer--from your writing practice to your reading practice, from your writing craft to the all-important and often-overlooked business of writing. 

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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer

Moira Allen explains everything freelancer writers need to know, including how to set up a home office, develop and pitch marketable ideas, approach editors and other clients, and prepare and submit material. In addition, readers will learn the business side of freelancing, such as how to deal with rights and contracts as well as how to manage income, expenses, and taxes. 

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Before and after the Book Deal

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book has over 150 contributors from all walks of the industry, including agents, film scouts, film producers, translators, disability and minority activists, and power agents and editors also weigh in, offering advice and sharing intimate anecdotes about even the most taboo topics in the industry.

Library Database: Ferguson's Career Guidance

Check out the SCC Library Database, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, to learn more about becoming a professional writer and related careers. 


Screenshot of Ferguson's Career Guidance Writer's Page