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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

  • 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 »
  • Photos from the PCWC 20th Anniversary High Tea

    Photos from the PCWC 20th Anniversary High Tea

    We all had a great time at the high tea celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. Highlights included a few words from the newly appointed ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman, the Head of the School of Communications and Arts at ECU Mt Lawley Professor Clive Barstow as well as Professor Glen Phillips. We also enjoyed listening to Liana Joy Christensen …Read More »

workshops
  • Memoirs/Biography:Editing and Rewriting (MBERW1)

    Memoirs/Biography:Editing and Rewriting (MBERW1)

    Memoirs/Biography: Editing and Rewriting – Dr Maureen-Helen 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 …Read More »
  • Getting Started as a Writer with Dr Maureen-Helen (GSWNW1)

    Getting Started as a Writer with Dr Maureen-Helen (GSWNW1)

    Getting Started as a Writer: Open to All New Writers with Dr Maureen-Helen (GSWNW1) Sunday 28 June 2015 (1.30-4.30 pm) At the end of this three-hour session participants will have some of the basic skills used every day by successful writers. They will understand the importance for writers of: – Writing every day – Developing …Read More »

competition
  • 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 »