Training and experience for writing jobs can be obtained by working on high school and postsecondary projects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). College theater and music programs offer playwrights an opportunity for them to have their work performed.
For example, Hanover College annually produces students' plays. In recent years, the school has shown "Woyzeck," which is an unfinished German play by the late George Buchner that was adapted and directed by senior Jon Becraft. The play focuses on a soldier whose life begins to decline as he is subjected to bizarre medical experiments while his mistress cheats on him.
Another student production, "Lady Lazarus," which was written and directed by senior Katie Green, chronicles what may have happened if poets Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Ted Hughes reunited in the afterlife. The play focuses on the themes of art and life, faith and doubt as well as love and hate.
Employment of writers and playwrights is expected to increase by 8 percent over the next several years, according to the BLS.
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