From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
In 1790, Xavier de Maistre was imprisoned in his house for six weeks, and he took to travel writing about his bedroom. Is this the new coronavirus travel writing?
The books chosen as finalists in this year's Stella Prizes can help us draw on our innate resources. We can seek inner truths and explore ways to support each other thanks to these gifted writers.
A creative writing project in South Australian prisons shows those inside can be eloquent, expressive and reflective.
Authors sometimes put deeper meanings into their stories, but really, it's the reader who decides.
There is no single piece of advice that works for everyone, but here is a list that will benefit writers at every stage of their career.
The group seemed to be doing all of the right things to diversify its ranks. It wasn't enough.
Will there ever be an electronic equivalent of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' or Émile Zola’s 'J’Accuse!'?
As we get older, our eyesight may dim and our recall may falter. But our linguistic abilities don't seem to erode.
This week's NAPLAN results show the writing skill of students is actually dropping as they progress from Year 3 through to Year 9.
Donald Glover, Shonda Rhimes, Phoebe Waller-Bridge: they are the 'showrunners' behind some of the biggest hits on the small screen. But what, exactly, is a showrunner?
Each novel in this list is profoundly empathetic, and deeply attuned to contemporary Australia.
In her fragmentary family memoir, Cynthia Banham interweaves narratives of war and migration with her own traumatic plane crash - ultimately reclaiming her identity in the process.
Stephanie Bishop's latest novel demonstrates a sophisticated approach to the relationship between time and narrative: novelists and aspiring writers would do well to look closely at her achievement.
Les Murray's signature style was a potent mix of ordinary language, specialist vocabulary, and eccentric syntax. His poetry made us see things anew.
Ellen N. La Motte's 'The Backwash of War' was praised for its clear-eyed portrayal of war, but was swiftly banned. Yet the similarities between her spare prose and Hemingway's are unmistakable.
An emerging genre of fiction in France is providing an unlikely brand of escapism.
Reading and writing may have evolved thanks to a natural ability of the brain's visual cortex to process geometrical shapes.
Margaret Atwood's classic novel imagined a society where women had almost no power. Hundreds of people gathered in Sydney yesterday to hear Atwood speak about dystopias – fictional and otherwise.
There needs to be more opportunity in school and at home for students to learn to write for enjoyment.