I find the secondary function of a writer - giving culture - to be extremely low value. The first writer you get probably grants you about 250-300 culture, at least from the games I've played so far. That's a pathetic amount, maybe 10 turns worth. Should it be buffed or reworked? This is compared to the tourism bomb that musicians eventually give you, or artists who give you golden ages. Writer just doesn't seem to cut it for me.