How to Become a Writing Coach

A writing coach combines a passion and talent for writing. This article will provide an overview of this career and include information such as the salary and job responsibilities.

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Career Definition of Writing Coaches

As a writing coach, you will specialize in working with students in need of writing assistance. Your goal will be to draw out ideas from students and help them put it into words. You will primarily work with students on a one-to-one basis but may also conduct small group writing workshops. In this role, you will assist students with various writing tasks, such as brainstorming topics for an essay and proofreading a final draft. You may work on everything from public speaking assignments to term papers. Writing coaches typically work at the writing centers for higher education institutions. Some may work for a community services center.

In addition to assisting students, you may be tasked with other duties including conducting informational presentations to classes or campus organizations, attending staff meetings, and providing students with information on other available services. As a writing coach, you could be required to complete written summaries of each individual or group coaching session. You may also be required to complete an initial certification course, as well as continuing education courses.

Educational Requirements High School Diploma
Job Skills Excellent writing abilities, strong interpersonal skills, patience, and attention to detail
Average Salary (2018)* $26,019 (Writing Tutors)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)** 10% (Teachers and Instructors, All Other)

Sources: *Glassdoor.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Required Education

The educational requirements for a writing coach can vary; however, you will need at least a high school diploma. You should have experience in tutoring or coaching others. If you are employed as a student writing coach, you may be required to maintain a minimum grade point average and obtain recommendations from your professors.

Required Skills

As a writing coach, it is essential for you to have excellent writing abilities. From proper grammar and sentence structure to creative writing, you must be an excellent writer in order to help others improve their writing skills. You will also need strong interpersonal skills to work with students from diverse backgrounds. In this role, you will also need to display above average attention to detail skills and patience when working with students, some of whom may struggle with writing.

Career Outlook and Salary

The career site Glassdoor.com reports that writing tutors will make an average yearly wage of $26,019. The job growth for writing coaches is not specifically covered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The category of 'teachers and instructors, all other' would cover writing coaches. This category has a predicted job growth of 10%, which is faster than the average for all employment categories.

Related Careers

If you have strong writing skills, you will be able to utilize that skill in many other professions. You may want to consider one of the below alternative careers, including a web content writer and a creative writing teacher.

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