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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

  • Australian Short Story Festival

    Australian Short Story Festival

    The third annual Australian Short Story Festival will be held from Friday the 19th October to Sunday the 21st October at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge. This festival is a celebration of short stories, writers and oral storytellers from all over Australia. For further details about the Australian Short Story Festival please click the Flyer, …Read More »
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  • Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia

    Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia

    Saturday 6th October 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm Memories can be voluntary or unbidden; pleasurable or painful; recalled from childhood or the more recent past. They are often sensorial, imbued with our desires and fears, and are always subjective. We use memory to build a narrative about ourselves and our lives, stories which can either remain fixed or …Read More »
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  • 2018 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    2018 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 »