PR not working out? Got a knack for writing? Try this career

In this edition of the Week in Writing, learn all about movie-poster tagline writers, fake obituaries, a new marketplace for freelancers, and tips for email writing.

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Also, comic tweeters, one of Mark Twain’s premature obituary writers, a new market for freelancers, and some email writing advice.

Poster boys. This piece teaches us (or at least it taught me) that writing taglines for movie posters is an actual job. Writer Maria Bustillos spends some time with a writing duo whose portfolio includes taglines for “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Closer,” and several cable TV shows. They describe the process for producing a successful tagline, which includes competing with other tagline writers for clients, naturally.

Tweet-up comedy. Tweeting of any kind requires writing with economy, but comedic writing for Twitter requires a special knack. This piece from The New York Times focuses on a few comedy writers who honed their punch lines through establishing funny Twitter handles. It even landed one of them a writing gig on Jimmy Fallon’s show.

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