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.
- 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 »
- 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 about the story, check …Read More »
- Saturday, 15th 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 »
- 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 $100 Novice Award $100 Youth Award $50 Four ... Read more...Read More »