Writers can take many forms. Writers can be newspaper, Internet, or broadcast reporters; technical writers providing factual information through written directions and manuals; copywriters writing the text of advertising, marketing, and press materials; screenwriters, writing plays or movie scripts; or authors, writing fiction or nonfiction short stories or books.
Depending upon the kind of writer you want to be, you can choose an online degree that might best suit your career goals. Several colleges offer a variety of online degrees in writing, at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels.
Journalism or communication degree programs will frequently offer coursework in ethics, news writing, public relations, business communication, mass media in society, analytical reading and writing, editing, and news presentation across platforms.
Online technical writing degree programs will typically focus on research, writing for specific audiences, page and web design, industrial rhetoric, and visual and verbal communication.
Earning an online degree in advertising means you will likely take courses in research, campaigns, consumer behavior, and media planning, and your writing courses will focus on copy writing, promotional writing, ethics, and general communications.
Online degrees in screenwriting will focus on fiction, nonfiction, place and setting, and context, and will often fall under the umbrella of an English degree.
Many authors choose to pursue a degree in creative writing. Online degrees in creative writing will include coursework in fiction, nonfiction, literature, poetry, and several workshops in which students will write and rewrite their own work as they edit the work of their peers.
Writers in all fields should have a firm grasp on the English language and the principles of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and should likely enjoy reading different kinds of written works.