Working for us
Writing’s what we do and love. So it’ll come as no surprise that we’ve scoured the planet to find the best wordsmiths we can to make up our team here at The Writer HQ.
Join us full-time
We’ve grown a lot since we started out as a mad glint in Martin’s eye not so many years ago. And we’re still growing.
Or freelance maybe
We often need a freelance brain or two to help out when we’ve got big projects on – or for when things get really busy.
At the moment we’re not taking on any new freelancers in the UK, but if you’re based in the US then we’d love to hear from you.
Or find out more about Word Experience
It's our version of work experience for second-year students interested in a career in business writing. We run it once a year.
What do I need to do?
Click on a role for an outline of what we look for. If it sounds like you, click the ‘I’m a...’ link to tell us why you could be a good fit.
The writers and thinkers
You can write with the best of them, naturally. It might still be early days (in which case you’ve got a drawer stuffed full of scribbles you don’t mind sharing with us). Or you might already have worked in-house – either in a creative agency, or ‘client side’. But whether you’re a bright new thing or a seasoned veteran, you’re up for working on writing projects big and small. You’re not afraid to challenge a brief or ask as many questions as it takes to get a job right. You’re interested in helping clients figure out how to make their brand sound right. And you want to make sure our work’s as good as it can be.
I’m a writer
I’m a freelance writer in the US
You might already do some kind of training or facilitation work – but no worries if not. What is essential is that you can’t help picking apart a bit of writing to see what makes it tick. You can think on your feet. You like the sound of spending your days getting people fired up about why good writing matters (even if they’re senior, difficult or just diffident). And you don’t mind a bit of travel around the country (and occasionally the world).
I’m a trainer
You’ve been working as a copy editor, possibly in publishing. Ideally you’ll have experience in reference and non-fiction. If you’ve edited books about brands or business, that’s a bonus (but we won’t insist on it). What really counts is that you’re confident challenging the structure of a piece of writing, double-checking the facts, and making sure the tone and style are bang-on. And you can spot a typo at 20 paces.
I’m an editor
The client team
Account managers and directors
You know exactly what great service and creative work look like. You might get a buzz out of helping clients figure out what they need before they realise it themselves. Or you’ll be a fiend of a project manager – making sure a job runs like clockwork and making potential risks go away before they cause a problem. Whatever you do best, you’ll need a razor-sharp mind and a (winning) way with people.
I’m an account manager or director
You might already be making projects dance to your tune. Or maybe projects are what you need to let your admin skills really shine. Either way, you’ll be able to keep several plates spinning at once – from taking briefs and manoeuvring our project management systems, to keeping files organised and helping manage our work schedules. You’ll be able to keep all our projects running on time and on budget. And you’ll help to make sure our service wows our clients – every time.
I’m an account coordinator
You’ll be great at winning us new fans. This job isn’t about the hard sell, but it does involve cold-calling. You’ll be bold enough to think and act quickly when you spot an opportunity. So you’ll need to be a good listener, have great attention to detail and be comfortable doing things differently.
I’m an account exec
Whenever a call (or email, or letter, or carrier pigeon) comes in from someone wanting to find out whether The Writer could help them, you’ll be the one answering. It’ll be your job to make potential clients’ lives easier (rather than persuade them to spend money with us). You’ll do it by rolling out the red carpet when there’s a new enquiry. And laying the groundwork for strong and honest relationships.
I’m a client coordinator
The finance and office teams
We’ve got clients calling up and dropping by all the time. You’ll often be the first person they come across, so you’ll be charm personified. And it will be up to you to make sure everything’s in place for meetings and workshops, from setting up to clearing up. One minute you might be booking tickets for our trainers (whether to Slough or São Paolo). The next you might be organising a Borough Market lunch for our clients, or keeping our writers stocked up on pens and pads. And you’ll always be ready to jump in when something unexpected comes up.
I’m an office ace