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Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 22nd year of providing an ongoing source of support and development for emerging and established creative writers within the northern suburbs of Perth. It has continued to grow and offer a range of writing opportunities for its membership and the wider writing community.

Nestled in the Pines, near the lake in Edith Cowan House, which was transported to the ‘heart’ of the Joondalup campus in 1997, members and visitors can explore the Peter Cowan Library. We have a welcome coffee morning on the first Saturday of the month from 10am.

Join us for some writing exercise or enjoy the ambience of the library. The centre conducts four, annual writing competitions: The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition, the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize. Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Inc. also holds regular member meetings, conducts an annual writing retreat that is facilitated by our annual Writer in Residence (2015 is Susan Midalia), providing specialist writing workshops in memoir, prose, poetry, publishing and social media; and offers regular creative writing and editing sessions for its members and the wider writing community.


News and Updates

  • 2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Results

    2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Results

    The Awards Day for the 2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition was held on Saturday the 19th of May. The results are now available online, along with Dr Josephine Taylor’s Judges Report for this years entries. Click here to see the results. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to everyone who entered …Read More »
  • 2018 Patron's Prize for Poets Competition

    2018 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition

    Poets of all ages and experience are encouraged to enter the 2018 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition. This national poetry competition has an open theme and entrants, who must be Australian residents, may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition ... Read more...Read More »