Thanks for the comments!
To respond to a couple of them:
1. “This is what trained technical writers do”
In a recent survey of Tech Writers by the ISTC :
- 20% of respondents were involved in “usability”
- 25% created web content
So we can probably extrapolate that yes, some Tech Writers do create UI copy, but most don’t.
2. “What other responsibilities would justify creating a separate role specifically for a UX Writer?”
A lot of smaller orgs won’t have the justification for employing a full time UX Writer. That’s why I wrote this article :)
I’d recommend reading John Saito’s hot off the press article from yesterday — https://medium.com/dropbox-design/why-your-design-team-should-hire-a-writer-24d55f1e2d4a