The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots.
With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
Children taking part in a philosophical discussion at Buranda State School in Brisbane.
Teaching philosophy for just one hour a week can improve children's progress in writing, maths and reading.
Do you know how to tailor and target your work to gain the attention of people beyond your own peers – including funding assessors, politicians and the media? Learn how at this one-day masterclass.
A Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, similar to the one Nietzsche used.
The writing process is different whether your instrument is a fountain pen, a crayon, a typewriter or a computer. What fingerprints does the technology leave on the product?
The global South has more in common than just proximity – our cultural heritage links our literature.
Seasons, stars, settler colonialism: the nations of the south – Australia, Argentina and South Africa – have much in common. And the 2003 Nobel laureate for literature, JM Coetzee, is helping reframe Australian writing within this southern context.
Clementine Ford speaking at Stella’s ‘Girls Write Up’
Clementine Ford is no stranger to speaking out. This makes her a near-perfect poster person for the Stella’s schools program and their latest project Girls Write Up – a day-long wordfest and workshop for…
Classic Mega Man … storytelling gets inventive when your main character can’t speak.
Writers are vital to today's increasingly story-driven video games. Readers are active players and everything in the game – from the environment to the rules – can shape the narrative.
Putting the unsayable into words makes it easier to bear, for both the writers and those reading them.
We need to adapt learning styles to suit those whose first language isn’t English.
Students from non-English speaking backgrounds learn differently depending on the types and number of languages they speak and are literate in.
This is a story about stories. Who writes them. Who owns them and what happens when the two things get muddled. It’s a story about true stories, life stories, stories written by amateurs and professionals…
Charlotte Wood has won the fourth annual Stella Prize for The Natural Way of Things, a dark and dangerous book shot through with a kind of feminist rage that – after decades of anti-feminist backlash…
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first sentence of a novel sets the tone. Our new column, On Writing, explores the wonderful world of opening lines: from Tolstoy to Elmore Leonard.
EL James: the infamous ‘Fifty Shades’ author.
A poor review doesn't make for a bad book. But a good one doesn't make for a good one either.
Because everyone's got a book in them.
When children start school, they need to develop reading fluency.
There is a lot of misinformation about how Australia prepares teachers to teach reading and writing in schools. So here's how it really works.
Scriptwriters claim they are not being treated fairly.
Livia Cristina L.C.
The Australian Writers Guild has launched a legal case against Screenrights, the body charged with collecting royalties on its behalf. What is Screenrights and what does it do?
The foot is the basic unit for what we consider to be romantic and beautiful: poetry.
Poetic terminology can be alienating, off-putting. Whispering "dactylic hexameter" in people's ears won't necessarily tempt them into reading heroic verse. But there is hope – and poetry – for us all.
This is what happens when science writing gets too turgid.
Science can be fascinating and exciting. But much science writing is dull and obscure. Here are some of the tricks scientists often use to suck the joy out of science.
Classrooms should be full of discussion.
Students reach the middle years of high school with poor vocabularies and unable to work with language in sophisticated ways.
Lee Child, left, with Andy Martin in New York.
It is the ultimate 'meta-novel': Andy Martin got his own book out of watching a popular author write his latest tome.