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When I go to college to become an author, what major should I choose?

I am currently a junior in high school and am wondering what major I should choose so I'll be able to get a job as an author #college-major #college #career

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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Emiliano,

Assuming that this book will be written in English, I would think that you would want to major in English Literature.

Having said that though, if you wish to be an author, you can major in anything. Literally anything, and still become an author. I mean some of my favorite authors (whose books I've read this year) like Atul Gawande (surgeon and best selling author), Ben Macintyre (majored in history), Emily Nagoski (degree in Psychology), and Andrew Skurka (finance?) are not literature majors. I think it really depends on what you love to do in life and then go for it.

I hope this helps!

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Anita’s Answer

English is an excellent major for someone wanting to have a career in writing. I would also talk to you guidance counselor or college advisor.
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Cheryl’s Answer

It depends on what kind of writing you are interested in doing. There is technical writing, creative writing, and investigative reporting to name a few. Even screenwriting. And there are specific colleges and majors for different kinds of writing and communication.
Authorship usually involves having some expertise in some area, or at minimum, there is a need to do some research in order to create good, solid writing worthy of getting people to read your work. Your task may be to inform but it could also be to entertain.
It is difficult to get a “job” as an author. You will most likely be self-employed, having to support yourself until you get published or sell a lot of your material. It is easier to get a job as a writer or become an expert in a given area, and then publish writings based on what you know.
Writing is an important skill. If you are good at it, then continue to pursue this talent! You can make a difference as a writer.
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