POSTED: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:22am
If you love to write, then you have probably considered pursuing higher education in writing, such as a creative writing masters degree. Or, perhaps you are currently enrolled in a program and it has affirmed your conviction that your destiny in life is to craft creative prose all day long.
The challenge for creative writers (and many artists in general) often comes after graduation, though, when it is time to take your skills beyond essay assignments and into the employment world. Regardless of whether you are currently enrolled in a creative writing program or are still considering whether or not this is the right track for you, it is important that you explore the full range of careers (both conventional and non-conventional) that will allow you to leverage your creative writing masters degree  and/or skills on a daily basis. Here are a few options:
Blogger: If you have a knack for telling stories about everyday life, then you may want to consider a job as a full-time blogger. In the age of social media, the readers of the internet are embracing the ability to experience someone else’s life through blogs, photographs, tweets, and status updates. Successful bloggers have built a loyal readership and gained a plethora of sponsorships by simply documenting their daily life.
Freelance writer: Writing is not a gift that everyone possesses, and there are many publications, small businesses, and individuals looking for someone to help them out with some creative content. By pursuing a career as a freelance writer, you will not only work on a variety of projects, but you will also be able to choose which writing projects to pursue.
Internet copy writer: While advertising is a popular career choice for many writers, a very creative writer should consider pursuing a career specifically in advertising for the internet. Daily deal sites, review sites, and social media hubs are looking for highly creative (and slightly silly) content that will capture a reader’s attention and reflect the unique vibe of the product or company.
Technical writer: Despite the “technical” title of this career, technical writers are often very creative people. Instructional documentation no longer consists of printed manuals, but now involves online design, graphics, and text that is easy and fun to read as opposed to tedious and boring. If your creative skills stretch to computer design and fun gadgets, this is a great way to use your creative writing masters degree.
While these career options are certainly a little more unusual than the more common jobs you have seen and heard about while growing up, they are no less fulfilling. Most importantly, these career paths will allow you to use your creative writing skills every day!