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

  • Rashida Murphy

    Workshop Participant Shortlisted in International Book Prize

    Rashida Murphy, former participant of both Advanced Poetry and Writing series at PCWC, has had her first novel (The Historian’s Daughter), written for her PhD shortlisted in the Dundee International Book Prize. They received 500 entries and hers was one of the ten they shortlisted. If you want to read more here are the links, …Read More »
  • Memoirs/Biography: Editing and Rewriting

    Memoirs/Biography: Editing and Rewriting

    I dislike editing.  You write and write and write in order to reach that deadline and to express what you want to express and then when you do finish it you haven’t actually finished it! You have to re-read it and re-read it again and so by then your sick of your own words and want …Read More »
  • Editor in Residence: Dr. Laurie Steed

    Editor in Residence: Dr. Laurie Steed

    Laurie Steed is the author of the interlinked story collection You Belong Here and is currently working on The Bear, a novel-in-stories. His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Review of Australian Fiction, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac, …Read More »

  • Beyond The First Draft: Preparing Your Work For Submission (BFDLS1)

    Beyond The First Draft: Preparing Your Work For Submission (BFDLS1)

    Saturday, 5th August 2015, 1:30pm – 4:30pm So you have a draft but are not sure of the next steps? Come along to this three hour session to learn more about what you can do to move your draft forward: Formatting Strong beginnings and endings Common errors  in submitted stories Your story doesn’t have to …Read More »
  • Susan Midalia

    The Intelligent Skilful & Evocative Use of Language as the Basis of Memorable Writing (IULMW1)

    Saturday, 5th September 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm A writer is someone in love with language: words that can unsettle us or move us to tears; that can amuse, enchant, enrage, and nudge us into new ways of looking at the world. But whatever effects you’re aiming for, you should try to use language that’s intelligent …Read More »
  • How to Write a Memorable Short Story for Youth 12-18 (WFYTE1)

    How to Write a Memorable Short Story for Youth 12-18 (WFYTE1)

    Monday, 14th September 2015 4:00pm – 5:30pm A creative writer is someone who loves words and who, by using his or her imagination, tries to think beyond the obvious and predictable. This workshop will encourage you to use your creativity by practising short exercises, both oral and written: for example, imagining yourself as a colour …Read More »
  • Memoirs/Biography:Editing and Rewriting (MBERW1)

    Memoirs/Biography:Editing and Rewriting (MBERW1)

    Sunday 12th July 2015 (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm) At the end of this three-hour session, participants will understand • The importance of writing first draft freely without editing or censorship. (Hemingway’s advice to writers to ‘Write drunk, edit sober!’ • The essential role of editing in producing a story • The need for time …Read More »

  • Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    The 2015 Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (Fiction or Non-Fiction) has commenced The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit prose up to a maximum of 2000 words. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. The competition also caters for ... Read more...Read More »
  • 20TH Anniversary 600 Word Short Story and 40 Lines Poetry

    20TH Anniversary 600 Word Short Story and 40 Lines Poetry

    The Peter Cowan Writers Centre (PCWC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, one-off multi genre competition (poetry and 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 $150 Novice Award $100 Youth Award $50 Four ... Read more...Read More »