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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

  • Congratulations to Hannah van Didden

    Congratulations to Hannah van Didden

    Congratulations to Hannah van Didden on her long-listing in the Fish Short Story Contest with her story ‘Dark Undertakings’. Hannah’s story was one of 190 recognised in the long-list from 1300 international entries in the 2016/17 competition. Well done, Hannah.    Read More »

workshops
  • Memoir Writing with Susan Midalia (MWSM2) Saturday 1st April 2017

    Memoir Writing with Susan Midalia (MWSM2) Saturday 1st April 2017

    Why do certain people, events, places and objects from our past continue to matter to us? Why might it matter to re-create those memories with words? This three-hour workshop will help you discover the words that honour your memories, whether for your own benefit or for those who wish to read about your past. We …Read More »

competition
  • 2017 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

    2017 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

    The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition within or outside Australia. In addition to the ‘Open’ category open to all writers, the Centre established a new ... Read more...Read More »