William Faulkner’s typewriter in Mississippi. The writing life may sound idyllic, but it was often a furious battle to make ends meet.
Writers have tried pretty much anything to make ends meet: advertising, journalism, butterfly collecting, working as a janitor or a postal clerk.
‘Great cover letter btw’
Seven tips to make you shine.
An artist’s depiction of the ‘shibboleth incident.’
Detail from art by H. de Blois, from The Bible and Its Story Taught by One Thousand Picture Lessons, vol. 3, edited by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Bewer, 1908
Going as far back as the Bible, and as widely known as the phrase 'Open, Sesame,' passwords are a textual link to our past. But they may not be around much longer.
A bust of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer looks on as reporters look through a box containing the announcements of the 1996 Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University.
AP Photo/Wally Santana
U.S. journalism has long championed an allegiance to cold objectivity. But one researcher analyzed Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from the past 20 years and found that they’re suffused with emotion.
Vladimir and Vera Nabokov in 1969.
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From Tolstoy to Mark Twain, the most famous writers owe many words of thanks to their long-suffering wives.
The fusion of music and writing created unexpected sparks.
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Brisbane's Rock and Roll Writers Festival rubbed musicians and writers up against each other in just the right way.
James Patterson – one of the world's bestselling authors – may not principally be a writer.
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The conditions for originality in a piece of writing.
Twain was an opinionated, prolific commentator on the personalities and political issues of his day.
He probably would have been amused by – and maybe even befriended – Trump the entertainer. Trump the president? Not so much.
Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood in the 1995 film of Sense and Sensibility: a competent moral agent drawing only on her intelligence and experience.
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This year is the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death and her celebrity continues to grow. But relegating Austen's work to plots about 'whether the heroine gets her man' belittles her achievement.
A termite mound in Cape Range National Park: WA’s geography has helped shape its writers.
With its dramatic landscape, relative isolation and vibrant counter culture, Western Australia has a thriving writing scene. But government funding cuts are biting.
Why you should model your writing on 'lean' manufacturing.
Making writing fun again.
A prescriptive English curriculum is in danger of making writing boring for primary school children.
Your personal statement is one of the most crucial elements of your UCAS application. Here's the best way to go about writing it.
The prescriptivist stranglehold on grammar isn’t just restrictive, it’s often just plain wrong.
Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?
Shirley Hazzard enchanted readers with her meticulously crafted prose.
Photograph of Shirley Hazzard by Roberto Pane
Shirley Hazzard, who passed away this week, was one of the great prose stylists of the last 50 years. A deeply intellectual autodidact, she championed the public duty of writers and the pleasure of reading.
Georgia Blain: Her work draws attention to the tiny incandescent moments that make up our lives.
The Australian writer Georgia Blain, who died last week, wrote extraordinary portraits of family relationships, in luminous prose, with devastating insight. And when she became ill, she wrote about her cancer.
On average year 3 girls perform higher than boys in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation, and spelling.
The latest round of NAPLAN results show Australia's school systems are not good at reducing the influence of a student's background on their academic achievement.
A new phonics test won’t help us understand what the problems are. We need solutions.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.
Not every student will publish work or win prizes and very few will be able to earn a living putting pen to paper, but the teaching of creative writing is about more than that.