An author is a person who writes something. This word is usually used for people who write professionally, but it can also be used for amateur writers and students.

  • The author of a famous novel showed up at our local bookstore recently to sign copies of her book.
  • George Orwell was an author of poetry and fiction.
  • An author usually works with an editor who helps improve the author’s work.
  • Student authors put together a collection of their writing.
  • When I was a young man, I wanted to become an author.
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • Have you ever met a famous author?


Many authors use a computer to write.

This word can also be used as a verb:

  • John Updike authored over twenty novels during his career.
  • Maya Angelou authored poetry and several famous bibliographies.

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Date of publication: March 1, 2017