What Makes a Writer a Writer? An Exploration in Asking and Answering This Question

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Laura Pritchett


Writer, Cordova, Julie, Writing, Career, Life, Template, Attributes, Qualities


Look up writer in any dictionary and it will likely define a writer as anyone who writes. This capstone project initiates a discussion to refine what it means to be a writer - a real writer - not to judge, but to suggest guidelines, expectations, and well-defined standards, because being a writer should be more than just being someone who writes. Interviews were conducted with ten published fiction authors; and analysis found that there were twenty identifiable attributes for writers that go beyond just writing such as studying the craft, meeting quotas, accepting rejection, being traditionally published, and being read publicly that together define some expectations and standards which confirm that the simple act of writing does not make one a writer.

Publication Statement

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