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Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 21st 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

  • 2017 Writers Retreat with Susan Midalia

    2017 Writers Retreat with Susan Midalia

      Thinking and writing creatively. Saturday 25th November and Sunday 26th November.  Registrations close Friday, 24th November 5 pm .  Book now to avoid disappointment!   Memorable creative writing takes time. In our time-deprived, often frenetic world, this two-day writing retreat offers you a relaxed and stimulating environment in which to draft, reflect on and …Read More »
  • 2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poetry up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young poets aged from 12-17 ... Read more...Read More »