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

  • Competition Successes

    Competition Successes

    Congratulations to Susan Braghieri who received a Commended award for her piece ‘Uh-sim-uh-leyt’ in the FAWWA Hadow/Stuart Short Story Prize, and to Gayle Malloy for her shortlisting in the KSP Ghost Story Competition.   Westerly: New Creative edition out now for free download!   Congratulations to the following PCWC Members and past Advanced Writers/Poets course …Read More »

  • The Best Characters in Memoir Writing with Maureen Helen (MW1620)

    The Best Characters in Memoir Writing with Maureen Helen (MW1620)

    Sunday October 30th Memoir writing is the story of a part of a person’s life. But everyone who appears in your story is a character. The skill of memoir writing is to write characters who are believable, honest and engaging. Maureen-Helen is an experienced writer and facilitator of writing groups. She is the author of …Read More »

  • 2016 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    2016 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

    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 Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.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 with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young poets aged from 12-18 ... Read more...Read More »