What is an Essayist?

Essayist Job Description

Essayists express non-fictional ideas and works clearly and logically in order to create awareness or debate of an issue among readers. Essayists may be freelance writers who get published in academic publications or perform research for professors at a university.



Typical Job Duties

• Determine or receive delegation concerning subject matter of essay

• Perform research and organize thoughts effectively in order to compose essay

• Review, revise, proofread and edit material before publishing

• Become familiar with electronic publishing programs

• Produce portfolio of published work

• May put in years of work before getting noticed

• Submit materials to magazines, newspapers and other publications



Scholarships for Becoming an Essayist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an Essayist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming an Essayist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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