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The Great Writer is a type of GreatPerson6 Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing. Each Great Writer may be activated up to two times on a tile containing a free slot which accepts Great Works of Writing (such as a Theater Square district with an Amphitheater, a Palace, or suitable wonder), creating up to two Great Works of Writing.

Earning Great WritersEdit

Great Writers may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Writer6 Great Writer points (except for those who play the Māori, for whom Great Writers are generally unavailable). Theater Squares generate +1 Writer6 Great Writer point per turn, and provide an additional point for the first two buildings completed in that district. (For example, a Theater Square with an Amphitheater, Archaeological Museum would generate +3 Writer6 Great Writer points per turn.) Further points may also be earned by completing the Theater Square Performances project in a city with a Theater Square. Players who do not have enough points may patronize a Writer by paying the difference using Civ6Faith Faith or Civ6Gold Gold.

The Bolshoi Theatre provides +2 Writer6 Great Writer points each turn, and the Broadway wonder provides +3 Writer6 Great Writer points every turn. In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, the Great Library also provides +1 Writer6 Great Writer point per turn.

Players can also increase their Writer6 Great Writer point yields by using the Literary Tradition policy card, which generates +2 Writer6 Great Writer points per turn.

Great Writer badge (Civ6)

The Divine Spark pantheon bonus and the Stockholm Suzerain bonus both increase the number of Writer6 Great Writer points generated from each Theater Square by +1. (Note that in Rise and Fall, Stockholm's bonus is only active if the Theater Square has a completed Amphitheater building.)

Great WritersEdit

Name Era Great Works of Writing
Homer Classical Odyssey, Iliad
Bhasa Classical The Madhyama Vyayoga, Pratima-nataka
Qu Yuan Classical Chu Ci, Lament for Ying
Ovid Classical Metamorphoses, Heroides
Geoffrey Chaucer Medieval The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde
Li Bai Medieval Drinking Alone by Moonlight (Wikisource), In the Mountains on a Summer Day (Wikisource)
Murasaki Shikibu Medieval The Diary of Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
Miguel de Cervantes Renaissance Don Quixote, Novelas Ejemplares (Exemplary Novels)
William Shakespeare Renaissance Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet
Niccolò Machiavelli Renaissance Discourses on Livy, The Prince
Margaret Cavendish Renaissance The Blazing World, Observations upon Experimental Philosophy
Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy Renaissance Fair Goldilocks, The Dolphin
Jane Austen Industrial Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility
Edgar Allen Poe Industrial The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven
Alexander Pushkin Industrial Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Industrial Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Mary Shelley Industrial Frankenstein, The Last Man
James Joyce Modern Ulysses, Dubliners
Emily Dickinson Modern A Bird Came Down the Walk, Success is Counted Sweetest
Leo Tolstoy Modern War and Peace, Anna Karenina
Mark Twain Modern The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
F. Scott Fitzgerald Modern This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and the Damned
Rabindranath Tagore Atomic The Home and the World, The Gardener
H. G. Wells Atomic The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine
Karel Capek Information Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R), War with the Newts

Also note that the Great Work of Writing The Art of War is created by Great General Sun Tzu, using his special ability.

Scenario-specific Great WritersEdit

Jadwiga's LegacyEdit


Great Writers will be among your earliest and most reliable sources of Civ6Culture Culture, as the Great Works they produce can start filling slots in Amphitheaters from the Classical Era onward. The only wonders with slots specifically for GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing are the Bolshoi Theatre, Broadway, the Great Library, and Oxford University, so if you build these wonders, try to attract some Great Writers to fill their slots as well.

In vanilla Civilization VI and Rise and Fall, each GreatWorkWriting6 Great Work of Writing yields 4 Civ6Culture Culture and 4 Tourism6 Tourism; in Gathering Storm, each one yields 2 Tourism6 Tourism. Researching Printing doubles the Tourism6 Tourism yields of all GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing (to 8 in vanilla and Rise and Fall and 4 in Gathering Storm).

Civilopedia entryEdit

Great writers are those men and women who express our desires, insights, fancies, foibles, fears, and joys in the written word. History has been marked by their voices; indeed, “history” is one of their voices. Whether in poetry, in novels and stories, for the stage or screen, these are the artists who have defined their civilizations and cultures. Some write prose and poetry about imaginary worlds; others write tracts of philosophy, politics, religion, and science about how our world is or should be. And let’s not forget those who put down facts on paper. Whatever their muse, whatever their intent, their words echo through time, binding us all together ... or sometimes setting us all apart.

Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement Epic of Gilgamesh (Civ6)
Epic of Gilgamesh
As Sumeria, have the first Great Work of Writing
The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the earliest piece of great literature still surviving.
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Great Works
1: Added in Maya & Gran Colombia Pack
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