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The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. Skilled writers demonstrate skills in using language to portray ideas and images, whether producing fiction or non-fiction.
A writer may compose in many different forms, including (but not limited to): poetry, prose, music. Accordingly, a writer in specialist mode may rank as a poet, novelist, composer, lyricist, playwright, mythographer, journalist, film scriptwriter, etc. (See also: creative writing, technical writing and academic papers).
Writers' output frequently contributes to the cultural content of a society, and that society may value its writerly corpus -- or literature -- as an art much like the visual arts (see painting, sculpture, photography), music, craft and performance art (see: drama, theatre, opera, musical).
Alternative uses of "writer"
Practitioners within some specialized fields also use the term "writer" to describe their arts. For instance, advertising creatives, gag-writers and graffiti artists also refer to themselves as "writers." In these contexts, "writer" may be considered an alternative use of the term, rather than describing a so-called "literary" or "serious" writer as discussed above.
A "writer" can also be mechanic. For example, court reporters often refer to their stenotype machine as a writer. Similarly, some word processors are called "writer", such as OpenOffice.org Writer and Nisus Writer.
- author - a closely-related and overlapping concept
- lists of authors
- List of women writers
- style guide
- hack writer
- List of writers' conferences
- International PEN
- PEN American Center
- Writers Guild of America, west
- Writers Guild of America, east
- Writers' Guild of Great Britain
- Writers' Guild of Canada
- International PEN
- Authors Society.org