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Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 22nd 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), providing 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

  • Westerly Issue 63.1 Launch

    Westerly Issue 63.1 Launch

    Hey there everyone, have you heard? Our friends over at Westerly are launching their latest issue, and they’re having a party! On the 19th of July, join them for an evening of drinks and nibbles, as they launch issue 63.1 of Westerly. To RSVP for their event, click on the link here.Read More »
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  • Editing Short Fiction: Write Drunk, Edit Sober with Susan Midalia

    Editing Short Fiction: Write Drunk, Edit Sober with Susan Midalia

    Saturday 14th July 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm Ernest Hemingway advised creative writers to “write drunk, edit sober”: that we should be spontaneous and free from inhibition when writing, and then edit our work with a clear understanding of its inevitable flaws. In this workshop, short story writer and novelist Susan Midalia will consider how to edit your writing …Read More »
competition
  • 2018 Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    2018 Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

    The 2018 Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (Fiction or Non-Fiction) is now open.  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 »