Author Kaituhi Pukapuka

Authors write stories, scripts, poems, blogs or plays for publication or production, to entertain and inform people.

Authors may do some or all of the following:

  • choose and research topics to write about
  • write and revise their material
  • prepare their work for publication and find a publisher or producer
  • discuss further revisions with an editor
  • publish their work online
  • attend book launches and publicity events
  • give public readings
  • run writing classes.

To specialise as an author in a specific subject, such as law, medicine or accounting, you may need to complete a relevant tertiary qualification.

To specialise as a dramatist/playwright, non-fiction author, novelist, poet or scriptwriter you may need to complete a relevant tertiary creative writing course.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for authors includes work:

  • as a journalist
  • in film, theatre or television
  • involving writing
  • involving artistic skills.

Personal Qualities

Authors need to be:

  • imaginative and creative
  • disciplined
  • inquisitive and good at observation and listening
  • able to accept criticism
  • adaptable
  • skilled at research and planning
  • problem solvers
  • happy working on their own.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for authors includes work:

  • as a journalist
  • in film, theatre or television
  • involving writing
  • involving artistic skills.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an author. However, English and te reo Māori are useful.

Authors may move into journalism or public relations roles.

Authors can specialise in a number of roles, including:

Dramatist/Playwright
Dramatists/playwrights write scripts for plays and other theatre productions.
Non-fiction Author
Non-fiction authors write factual works such as books about historical events.
Novelist
Novelists write fiction books and may specialise in writing in a particular genre such as romance or science fiction.
Poet
Poets write poems, usually published in collections of works.
Scriptwriter
Scriptwriters write scripts for television and film.
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