Creative Writing Jobs Abroad

Back to Programs

A Guide to Creative Writing Jobs Abroad

Travel and creative writing are a perfect match. Leaving home and taking up the expat lifestyle in some far corner of the world is bound to inspire great stories within you. Whether your ultimate interests lay in fiction or nonfiction, screenwriting or novels, high drama or publications, a creative writing job abroad can be the start of something truly special.

Why Work Abroad

Why not work abroad in creative writing? In today’s globally connected world, writers have the luxury of being increasingly mobile with their craft. As English is catching on everywhere as a universal second language, native speaking writers are in increased demand across the globe as well. The demand for creative writers is out there, you must only decide where you wish to go and what type of work you wish to engage in.


Your writing can take you anywhere. As globalization spreads across the world, educated people from everywhere are expected to know English as a second language more and more. As such, creative writers in the English language will find more and more audiences for their work sprouting up around the world, and more opportunity for creative writing jobs abroad as well.

One particularly large market right now is China. As the country continues to integrate into the global stage and open its doors to foreign influence, international publications are sprouting up in many of its major cities. It is very easy for English speakers to find a creative writing job in China in a variety of different formats.

The same is true elsewhere in the world where English is of increasing importance to local populations. For example, Asia and Europe are two of the most accessible regions in the world, because of the many different regional languages which require people to communicate together in English. On the other hand, Central and South America may be more difficult places to find creative writing jobs abroad because most people in these regions communicate in Spanish.

Then of course there are creative writing jobs abroad in English speaking countries themselves. The U.S., Canada, the UK, and Australia are all big markets for creative writers. Not surprisingly the competition will be more fierce in these places, but the demand for content is greater as well.

Creative Writing Jobs Abroad

Every creative writer knows that steady employment for their craft can be hard to come by. However, there is surprisingly a lot of opportunity internationally if you look in the right places.

The first obvious type of job abroad is travel writing. There are many different travel companies in a variety of niches that are in continuous need of content, making it possible to land a creative writing job that takes you all over the world. These jobs often come in the form of freelance writing positions. While the work is not as purely glamorous as it might seem (think a lot of research, reviews, hard exploration), it can be a fun and exciting vocation nonetheless.

Working for a local publication or in journalism is another opportunity for creative writers to gain employment abroad in the field. Most global cities have opportunity in this field, although keep in mind that English language jobs may be limited in many of these places too. Some major international publications also have international offices across the world, so these big companies would be great places to find creative writing jobs abroad too.

Another type of creative writing job abroad is working as a blogger or for the content team of a website. It is hard to gain leverage to the point where you can start making a profit as an individual blogger, but many startups and other web based companies located around the world are in continuous need of writers to create content.

Salary & Affordability

As an unfortunate rule of the trade, writers do not make much money. Unless you meet large commercial success with your creative writing job abroad, then odds are that you will be earning a living and not much more. However, it is certainly possible to boost your income prospects if you take on a position which includes elements of editing, marketing, and advertising as well.

Also, the affordability of living as a writer might greatly increase if you find work in the developing world, for the simple reason that costs of living will be significantly cheaper. Especially if you are earning an international salary, setting up shop in regions of Central America or Southeast Asia for example will be much more affordable than Europe or North America.


Develop as a Writer. Traveling the world or living abroad as an expat will greatly expand your perspective as a creative writer. You will be challenged to write from a sharply original viewpoint that stems from your newfound experiences.

Gain International Work Experience. Whatever future job you may apply to, having worked abroad looks great to prospective employers. It shows that you are flexible, adaptable, and can thrive in a challenging new environment.

Have an Adventure. Let’s be real, if you are traveling the world as a creative writer then you are bound to have some crazy experiences well worth the tale. Living abroad is the perfect way to improve your skills while gathering memories and impressions that dynamically change not only your writing, but who you are.

Read More

A Guide To
Creative Writing Jobs Abroad


 Find Creative Writing Jobs Abroad Now


This listing has been saved 454 times

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Programs in Spain

Paid jobs programmes all around Spain in Hospitality Management, Teaching English, etc. You won't get rich, but you will earn enough to cover basic expenses. Paid Job Placement: From 1 month - No maximum stay! * Eligibility: EU members, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea. * Required Level: All levels welcome, from initial. * Affordable accommodations in shared apartments from 2...


This listing has been saved 373 times

Move to Berlin - Berlin Kickstarter

Thinking about moving abroad? Then we can think of few places better than the vibrant German capital Berlin. At Nomaden Berlin, we don’t just want to help you move to Berlin, we want to immerse you in the culture, language, and lifestyle of Europe's coolest capital. We are Berlin’s first full-service relocation package provider and assist Working Holidaymakers, job-seekers, young profession...


This listing has been saved 10 times

CREA-Creating Remarkable Experiences Abroad in Barcelona

We value your professional, cultural and personal growth. The market is changing, challenging and competitive. Our mission is to insert our customers into the work market, providing the tools to boost their careers. The Entrepreneurship is a perfect fit for young entrepreneurs seeking to change the future through their work. For people who like to create ideas, develop new projects, create ...


This listing has been saved 90 times

Uruguayan Beach Working Vacation/Internship

El Diablo Tranquilo, in the bohemian seaside village of Punta del Diablo in Uruguay, has been creating memories as a welcoming home for guests and staff alike for 10 years and is looking forward to continuing that tradition. Our reputation as a leading boutique hostel has been built on the importance we place on the experience, whether just visiting or living here for a season or longer. We ...


Coordinator (Translator and Interpretation) – China

Responsibilities • Responding to various questions from translators. • Staff arrangement, Schedule management. • Quality control (Internal check). • Billing Business. • Invent & implement ideas & business for new services. Requirement • Diploma, Bachelors or above or in business, marketing. • Perfectly fluent in English. • Strong interest to work in translation industry, translati...


International Trade and Logistic Internship

About the Company Our partner company is offering an International Trade and Logistic Internship role in China. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with a wide variety of projects for various lines of business. The individual will be responsible for providing assistance to the International trade department with various tasks and projects related to import/export and U...


This listing has been saved 361 times

Placement Italy: Become a member!

Placement Italy is an Italian company with the mission of helping international students and graduates that are looking for internships and jobs in Italy. Placement Italy has partners in all the most important cities in Italy, such as Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Pisa, Rome, Turin, Venice and Verona. In order to become a partner, companies have to meet Placement Italy requirements. Int...


This listing has been saved 1 time

Thai - English Translator

Work as a translator for a company in China. You will be translating and proofreading documents from English to Thai. That office is located at: North 4th Ring Road West, Beijing. This is a new job opening for only 1 vacancy. The staff report to the Project Leader of the Localisation Department. Interview Description: (Phone or Internet interview both accepted) 1. the first round intervie...


This listing has been saved 13 times

Writing & Editing Internship at Fashion Brand

As the writing and editing intern, you will be expected to be an integral part of the branding and content development team. You will create content for blogs, interview scripts, branding, advertisements, social media posts. Through engaging with a range of different teams, you will develop unique and impactful content for the entire organisation. You will work in conjunction with the social me...


This listing has been saved 26 times

Combined Orphanage care and Ecotourism projects in Ghana

PCN organization in Ghana provides the opportunity for volunteers from worldwide to volunteer in the orphanage homes by teaching and doing other related activities to vulnerable children. The volunteer placement is well organized in order to create new life into these unfortunate and neglected Children by sharing fun, love, and education to them. This project includes orphanage and day care...


This listing has been saved 18 times

Internship in Shanghai with Asia Internship Program

China, a country that has been in an outstanding position on the global economy with the spot of the world’s largest exporter and second largest importer, and its fast-growing consumer market. Doing an international internship in China is a value-added to your CV which will set you apart from other candidates. It is an opening door for your future with a vast array of professional experienc...