138-Authors and related writers

Job Title: 

Authors and related writers

Job Description: 

Conceptualise and write stories, scripts, poems and plays for publication or production, to entertain, educate and/or inform people.


Authors and related writers create, plan, research and write books, biographies, blogs, plays or film, radio and television scripts, storyboards, plays, essays, poetry, speeches, manuals, specifications, song lyrics and other non-journalistic articles (excluding material for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals) for publication or presentation. Often they require such persons to be imaginative and creative, produce original pieces of work, inquisitive, patient, adaptable, disciplined, persistent and importantly self-motivated to complete said work as per the original goal.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • conceiving, writing and editing written works such as novels, plays, scripts, prose, poetry, song lyrics and other material for publication or presentation
  • conducting research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information
  • writing scripts and continuities and preparing programmes for stage, film, radio and television productions
  • analyzing material, such as specifications, notes and drawings, and creating manuals, instructions for use, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software, electronic, mechanical and other equipment
  • writing brochures, Handbooks and similar technical publications
  • selecting material for publication, checking style, grammar and accuracy of content, arranging for any necessary revisions and checks proof copies before printing

Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Work almost anywhere, with most working in offices, libraries, homes, specific mood settings, and in many instances on their own, for long periods. They may also work long hours to finish sections, chapters or the product to meet deadlines or complete the flow of creativity and thinking, They may travel locally, nationally or internationally to visit or meet clients or review or research scenes, settings, locations or information. They may also attend conferences and seminars.


    Diploma / Associate degree in creative writing or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Al Dhafra Magazine, Sharjah Media Corporation, Dubai Media City, TwoFour54, Hamaleel Newspaper, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Author - Book editor - Essayist - Interactive media writer - Novelist - Playwright - Poet - Script writer - Speech writer - Technical communicator - Technical writer - Writer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Freelance writer - Songwriter - Lyricist - Book reviewer - Creative writer - Documentary script writer - Freelance journalist - Librettist - Advertising copy writer - Public relations copy writer - Transcript typist - Journalist - Newspaper editor

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Arts, entertainment, multimedia and ITC applications
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi