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With what educational qualifications can I become a writer?

by Shivangi Sundaram
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RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a writer?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Indeed a unique career.

Most of us are good when it comes to writing, but writing is just not essaying things down, but majorly expressing ones ideas and thoughts to the readers.

As such no such qualifications or degrees are required to be a writer.

To become a writer, one majorly needs to have few qualities like:

  • Clear Ideas / Concepts
  • Good sense of humor
  • Use of idioms and phrases
  • Imaginative and creative skills
  • Store of Knowledge
 
Apart from this, if you require a degree, then you could look out for an option into Journalism. You can think of BMM or Mass media course.
 
After 12th any stream, you then would have to apply for an entrance exam, which would be checking your analytic skills, visual skills and descriptive or expressive skills.

Mainly you could opt for a specialization into Journalism. And in local language Journalism is called the " Ink to the world".

Basically the main job here is to get a coverage of an event and then let the viewers know through the print media like newspaper or articles or
through the TV mode.
 
 
Getting a basic idea on journalism like writing and editing will help you in the long run to become a full fledged writer.
And you could opt for freelancing writer and at the same time work with the print media.
 
You could also specialize in English literature. This gives you a string command over the language or vocabulary. And also you are exposed to various authors and writers, reading their texts.
 
So choice is yours.
To get a degree you could choose either BMM ( Journalism) or English Literature.
 
Or you could be a graduate in any field, but a flair for writing will lead you to become a self publishing author.
 
Choice is yours.
 
Wish you good luck.........

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a writer?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Dear Aspirant,

Completely agree with Ms. Mukherjee.

Being a Writer, in the real world does not require any education qualification. However if you wish to become an Editor or Writer to a news channel, etc. then a Degree in English or other language and a course in Journalism would be demanded.

If you wish to be a fiction writer, then there is absolutely no eligibility or qualification required. You can write freelance or for some other publication. However without qualifications you will have to prove that you are really a good writer in terms of languhge competence, thought clarity, way to present ideas, etc.

To become a writer for TV serials or films, absolutely you dont require education qualifications. In films and TV serials, 80% are not educational qualified to write.

Writing comes from heart and brain and becomes mature by reading and listening.

Best wishes

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a writer?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Dear Aspirant,

Writing can be good career.

If you want to be independent writer (script writer or fiction/non-fiction writer), academic qualification is not mandatory. However, right educational qualification sharpens writing skills. Now a days, there is demand of at-least graduation to enter into television industries, radio industry or print media.

Desired qualification is graduation and post-graduation in the language of your interest.

Graduation in English/or any language of your interest is desired if you want to be writing consultant, proposal writer, content writer, proof reader, columnist etc.

Post graduation in communication or English is mandatory if you want to become academic writer, reviewer, translator for companies or bilateral organizations, editor etc.

In India, some institutions, colleges and universities offer full-time and distance-learning programs (certificate, diploma, degree) on creative writing, which are comprehensive in nature. The duration of these programs vary from 2 weeks to 1 year, depending on the skill level taught. These courses are very useful for those who want to become writers.

Central Institute of Indian languages, Mysore
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune
Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC), Mumbai
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC), New Delhi
Center for Research in Art and Film & Television (CRAFT), Delhi
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), New Delhi
Rajarshi Tandon Open University, Allahabad
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC),
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
British Council, New Delhi

Hope this is helpful. Feel free to revert to me if you need more clarification.

Wish you best wishes,
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD

RE: With what educational qualifications can I become a writer?

Rajeev Jain
Rajeev Jain
Verified Career Expert
Expert Technical Writer at Agilent Technologies
  • Gurgaon

Dear Shivangi,

Welcome to the world of writing!

Before starting, first you need to evaluate your skills, interest, and existing qualification and type of writer you want to become. based on your skills and qualification, you can opt some of the following career options in writing:
- technical writer
- marketing content writer (part of social media)
- academic writer
- fiction writer
- poet
- instructional designer
- author (do you want to write a book on some topic)
- proposal writer
- policy and process writer
- editor/proof reader
- journalist

There is competition in all these jobs so dont expect things to come easy :-). Among all these, technical writers are highly paid and social media content writer are least paid. if you are looking for a career in writing, then I advice you to go for technical writing.

Hope this information helps you to take some decision. Feel free to reach me anytime if you have any further questions.

All the best for a great writing career!

-Rajeev jain

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