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Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers - 27-3043.05

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Book Author
  • Children's Book Author
  • Creative Writer
  • Fiction Author
  • Freelance Writer
  • Lyricist
  • Novelist
  • Poet
  • Songwriter

SOC Occupation Groups

27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations
27-3000 Media and Communication Workers
27-3040 Writers and Editors
27-3043.00 Writers and Authors
27-3043.05 Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Related Occupations


  • Adapt text to accommodate musical requirements of composers and singers.
  • Attend book launches and publicity events, or conduct public readings.
  • Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.
  • Collaborate with other writers on specific projects.
  • Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail, using sources such as newspaper accounts, diaries, and interviews.
  • Confer with clients, editors, publishers, or producers to discuss changes or revisions to written material.
  • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.
  • Follow appropriate procedures to get copyrights for completed work.
  • Plan project arrangements or outlines, and organize material accordingly.
  • 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.
  • Teach writing classes.
  • Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Write humorous material for publication, or for performances such as comedy routines, gags, and comedy shows.
  • Write narrative, dramatic, lyric, or other types of poetry for publication.
  • Write words to fit musical compositions, including lyrics for operas, musical plays, and choral works.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Discuss production content and progress with others.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Obtain copyrights or other legal permissions.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Train others on work processes.
  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Creative Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Writer (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Biographer
  • Columnist/Commentator
  • Continuity Writer
  • Critic
  • Crossword-Puzzle Maker
  • Editorial Writer
  • Humorist
  • Librettist
  • Lyricist
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Screen Writer
  • Writer, Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction