Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 20th 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), provides 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

  • Join the ‘Milmeray’ Retreat

    Join the ‘Milmeray’ Retreat

    If you have a love for words that amuse, enchant, enrage or nudges others into different ways of viewing the world, then bring your pen and writing materials because Susan Midalia, Writer in Residence, is facilitating the Two Day Writers Retreat at Edith Cowan House on 17-18 October! This is for all writers, regardless of …Read More »

  • Trudy Graham Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    Trudy Graham Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    The Trudy Graham Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose results with the Judge’s Report and President’s Comments are now available on the Competition Page. First Place was awarded to Kerrin O’Sullivan for ‘The Last Days of Rue Bebelons”. Second Place was awarded to Erica Woolgar for “The Woman who loved Owls” Third Place was awarded …Read More »

  • Glen Phillips' Poetry Prize

    Glen Phillips’ Poetry Prize

    2015 Glen Phillips’ Poetry Prize is open. 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 Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.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 ... Read more...Read More »