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

  • Competition Success

    Competition Success

    Congratulations to Susan Braghieri on her second placing in the Scribes ‘Short Takes’ Prose Competition with her story ‘The Room They No Longer Enter’. You can read Susan’s story on the Scribes website at: http://www.scribeswriters.com/—2nd-short-story.htmlRead More »

  • The Best Words in Their Best Order with Susan Midalia (BWSM1)

    The Best Words in Their Best Order with Susan Midalia (BWSM1)

    Susan Midalia has published three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major literary awards. This workshop will equip both emerging and more experienced writers with an understanding of how to write memorable short stories: ones that draw the reader in, enchant them or disturb them, make them laugh or cry. All you …Read More »

  • 2016 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    2016 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 Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.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 12-18 ... Read more...Read More »