The Great Writer is a type of Great Person in Civilization VI dedicated to the creation of 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.
The Māori cannot claim Great Writers.
Earning Great Writers
Great Writers may be claimed by any player who has earned enough Great Writer points. Theater Squares generate +1 Great Writer point per turn, +2 more if the city has built the Oracle, and provide an additional point for the first two buildings completed in that district. (For example, a Theater Square with an Amphitheater and Archaeological Museum would generate +3 Great Writer points per turn.) The Russian Lavra also provides +1 Great Writer point if there is a Shrine in it. Additional 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 Faith or Gold.
The Bolshoi Theatre provides +2 Great Writer points each turn, and the Broadway wonder provides +3 Great Writer points every turn. In Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, the Great Library also provides +1 Great Writer point per turn.
Players can also increase their Great Writer point yields by using the Literary Tradition policy card, which generates +2 Great Writer points per turn.
The Divine Spark pantheon bonus and the Stockholm Suzerain bonus (or Bologna in Gathering Storm) both increase the number of 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.)
Scenario-specific Great Writers
Great Writers will be among your earliest and most reliable sources of Culture, as the Great Works they create can start filling slots in Amphitheaters from the Classical Era onward. The only wonders with slots specifically for 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 Great Work of Writing yields 4 Culture and 4 Tourism; in Gathering Storm, most of them yield 2 Culture and 2 Tourism instead. Great Works of Writing created by the Great Writers added in the Babylon Pack (Valmiki, Rumi, Beatrix Potter, and Gabriela Mistral) yield 4 Culture and 4 Tourism under all rulesets. Researching Printing doubles the Tourism yields of all Great Works of Writing.
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.
- There are numerous unused Great Works of Writing found in the game's audio banks.