Words for ‘Author’ (Korean/English)

I just learned these so figured I’d pop on and share real quick.

작가

작가 is a general term for ‘writer’. It can be the writer of a novel, script, textbook, etc.

작 is ‘a work’, as in something that someone produced. -가 is added to the end to indicate that it is noun a person. It functions kind of like the -er in ‘writer’.

Note: I’ve been told that it can also be used to mean ‘painter’. Which makes sense, conceptually, as painters create works.

소설가

소설 refers either to a light novel, something that is not deep or serious. Again, the -가 is added to turn the word into a ‘person’.

각본가

각본 is ‘script’, whether a movie script or a play/theatre script. So 각본가 is a scriptwriter!

만화가

만화 is manhwa…..sort of comics/manga. So 만화가 writes manhwa. 만화가 both writes and illustrates the manhwa.

동화작가

동화 refers to a fairytale or a children’s story. In this case, 작가 is added to the word instead of just -가. 동화작가 both writes and illustrates a children’s book.

일러스트레이터

Konglish for illustrator! This can also be used, but it means illustrator…not writer.

~ Hannah

Published by Satyanghae Korean (Hannah & Shelbi)

We are just 3 students who wish to share the love and joy of learning Korean through lesson posts and translations! We are doing this for fun, based on our experience and questions we ask native speakers. We are not fluent! Just passionate  ~ Hannah, Shelbi, and Jordan

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