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

  • 20th Anniversary Competition Awards Day

    20th Anniversary Competition Awards Day

    A lovely sunny day on the back verandah at PCWC, Edith Cowan House Celebrating  with Emeritus Professor Dennis Haskell, Susan (President), with some award winners – Shane, Coral, Fran, Ena and RobRead More »
  • Memoirs and Biography: Writing short life stories

    Memoirs and Biography: Writing short life stories

    If you read these blogs often you will know I love to insert quotes into them and this time is no exception. So, before prattle on I wish to quote Abraham Lincoln: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. Very nice I think, and a perfect …Read More »


  • 2015 Glen Phillips' Poetry Prize (Closed)

    2015 Glen Phillips’ Poetry Prize (Closed)

    2016 Glen Phillips’ Poetry Prize is will be commencing on 26th August 2016 The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poetry up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition. The competition also caters for youth ... Read more...Read More »