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 »
  • Play Readings to celebrate Centre's 20th Anniversary

    Play Readings to celebrate Centre’s 20th Anniversary

    Six playwrights from Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc will present script readings of their ten-minute plays on Sunday, 9 August 2015 at the Joondalup Library commencing at 2 pm. ‘The project forms part of the Centre’s 20th anniversary celebrations, and features plays inspired by the short stories of PCWC’s namesake Peter Cowan,’ said PCWC President, …Read More »
  • Beyond the First Draft: Editor in Residence workshop

    Beyond the First Draft: Editor in Residence workshop

    By now, if you are an avid follower of this great centre (yes?), you should have seen our post about the 2015 Editor in Residence program with Laurie Steed. If this program isn’t on your radar yet click on this link to get to know a little bit about Laurie Steed and what he can do for you …Read More »


  • 20TH Anniversary 600 Word Short Story or 40 Lines Poetry

    20TH Anniversary 600 Word Short Story or 40 Lines Poetry

    The Peter Cowan Writers Centre (PCWC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, one-off multi genre competition (poetry or prose), centred on the Australian landscape, to celebrate PCWC’s 20th Anniversary. Prizes and Awards: First Prize $150 Second Prize $100 Third Prize $75 Rhyming Poetry Award $100 Novice Award $100 Youth Award $50 Four ... Read more...Read More »
  • Glen Phillips' Poetry Prize

    Glen Phillips’ Poetry Prize

    The 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 ... Read more...Read More »