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Competition Achievements

Congratulations to PCWC member, Susan Braghieri on her selection as a finalist in the Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest with her story ‘The New Millennium’. This international contest had over 1400 entries this year. Well done, Susan.


Congratulations to PCWC Patron, Andrew Taylor, on his forthcoming poetry publication Impossible Preludes 2008-2014  published by Margaret River Press. Books can be purchased from the following link:


‘The Historian’s Daughter’ by Rashida Murphy

The Historian’s Daughter by Rashida Murphy – on sale now! 

PCWC member, Rashida Murphy’s debut novel The Historian’s Daughter is now available for purchase through UWA Publishing with free delivery within Australia. An e-book version of the novel is also available through Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

In an old house with ‘too many windows and women’, high in the Indian hills, young Hannah lives with her older sister Gloria; her two older brothers; her mother – the Magician; a colourful assortment of aunts, blow-ins and misfits; and her father – the Historian. It is a world of secrets, jealousies and lies, ruled by the Historian but smoothed over by the Magician, whose kindnesses and wisdom bring homely comfort and all-enveloping love to a ramshackle building that seems destined for chaos.

And then one day the Magician is gone, Gloria is gone, and the Historian has spirited Hannah and her brothers away to a new and at first bewildering life in Perth. As Hannah grows and makes her own way through Australian life, an education and friendships, she begins to penetrate to the heart of one of the old house’s greatest secrets – and to the meaning of her own existence.

Visit: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/the-historians-daughter


Winners from Westerly Writers Development Program

Westerly Writers Development Program

Congratulations to Amanda Gardiner (past Advanced Writers Course) on her selection for the Westerly Writer’s Development Program. Amanda will receive mentoring from Susan Midalia as part of the program.

Grieve Anthology, NSW Hunters Writers Centre

Congratulations to the following Members, past Advanced Poets, Advanced Writers, and workshop facilitators on selection for the Grieve anthology compiled by the Hunter Writers Centre:

Julie Watts for her piece, Calvary, which won The National Association of Loss and Grief Award. Julie also has two other pieces in the anthology.

Hannah van Didden         The Very In-between

Kevin Gillam                      Ceilings of Cloud

Andrew Lansdown           Dearly Departed

Allan Padgett                    Once More in Goroka

Other WA writers to feature in the edition include: Jeanette Giroud, Joanne Mills, Lorraine Horsley, and KMJ Brann.

The anthology can be purchased from the following link: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-project.html

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 participants on their selection for the Westerly: New Creative edition, or for their role as guest editors, with the edition showcasing the writing of emerging WA writers:


Susan Braghieri                 Black on Black

Ross Jackson                     in singapore

Elanna Herbert                  Processing Afghan Asylum Seekers

Kylie J. Stevenson             Seasons past

Rashida Murphy                Guest Editor

Josephine Taylor              Guest Editor


Westerly: New Creative can be downloaded for free as a PDF or e-pub file from the following link:

A Celebration of Peter Cowan’s Life

Peter Cowan taken by son Julian (3)

The Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre’s (PCWC) contribution to Edith Cowan University’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations is a photographic display of Peter Cowan in Office 2 at Edith Cowan House. Peter Cowan was the grandson of Edith Cowan, the namesake of the university.

In our photographic display, we have a digital display unit which shows pictures of Peter Cowan from a babe in arms through to an elderly man. We also have various large canvas prints and photographs of Peter and members of his family. There is a Cowan family tree and a folio book which shows Peter Cowan in the context of his times.

In addition, we have a listing of all the books and short stories written by Peter Cowan that are housed in our Members Library for anyone interested in researching his distinctive style of writing.

All are welcome to visit the display. The Centre’s opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm.

If you would like more information about Peter Cowan and his work, copies of the PCWC book Homecoming are available for purchase.

Why Conflict Should Drive the Story with David Whish-Wilson, Saturday July 30, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

DavidNext Saturday the 30th July at 1:30-4:30pm PCWC will be hosting a inspirational new workshop called “Why Conflict Should Drive the Story” facilitated by David Whish-Wilson.

For those who are unfamiliar with David, he began his creative writing career writing short stories, which were anthologised in Pascoe Publishing’s Best Fifty Stories Collection. His first novel, The Summons, was published in 2006, which was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly award that same year. David’s most recent book, Perth, was published in December 2013 as part of the NewSouth Books city series. David has also established and taught writing workshops in prisons within WA and Fiji. He is currently teaching creative writing at Curtin University.

For those who’s interest has definitely been piqued you can find the details as well as the synopsis of this workshop in the attached flyer.

This workshop is next week, so if anyone is interested then please get in touch with PCWC as soon as possible to ensure a place. We’re sorry for the late notice in promoting this workshop.

You can register at our website, Online Registration Form.
If you have any questions you can email us at cowan05@bigpond.com or phone us at (08) 9301 2282 – for those who are interested but live in the Eastern States or in rural areas please ask about our Skype participation option.

2016 Patron’s Prize for Poets

The results for the 2016 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition are now available. At the Awards Celebration on 16 July 2016 the judge, Liana Joy Christensen, gave out some valuable feedback and we had the opportunity to hear the finalists’ work. Thank you to all who entered their poems and keep writing.

Link to Judge’s Report

PPPC 2016 Winners

From left to right: Shey Marque (Commended); Rita Tognini (Highly Commended); Madeleine Tingey (First Place); Shane McCauley (Commended); Competition Judge, Dr Liana Joy Christensen; Ross Jackson (Highly Commended & Third Place) and; Emily Siggs (Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth)  


  • First Place was awarded to Madeleine Tingey for ‘In the Suburbs’
  • Second Place was awarded to Marjorie Lewis-Jones for ‘Paddle a Glass Lake’
  • Third Place was awarded to Ross Jackson for ‘Four Reflections in Plate Glass off King Street’
  • The Novice Poet Award went to Judy Winchester for ‘Root and Branch’
  • The Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth went to Emily Siggs for ‘Tuesday Mornings’

Four Highly Commended Certificates went to:

  • Dave Drayton for ‘Fences’
  • Ross Jackson for ‘Humanless Places’
  • Christopher Ringrose for ‘The Road to Damascus’
  • Rita Tognini for ‘The Same’

Four Commended Certificates went to:

  • Shane McCauley for ‘Gabirol’s Golem’
  • Shey Marque for ‘A Geranium Grows in the Wall’
  • Shey Marque for ‘Chasing Cello Joe’
  • Damen O’Brien for ‘The Saturday Afternoon Football Call’

The Skills of a Bower Bird: Research for Writing (SB1612) with Maureen Helen – Sunday, 24 July 2016 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Maureen Helen will be facilitating a workshop titled The Skills of a Bower Bird: Research for Writing on Sunday, 24 July 2016. 

Maureen HelenThis is a basic research workshop for writers in all genres. The workshop will provide an introduction to the tools, methods and skills required for making writing authentic and honest. Attendees will also learn the skills necessary for blending research seamlessly into their stories.

Maureen Helen is an experienced writer and facilitator of writing groups. She is the author of Other People’s Country and Elopement: a Memoir. In addition, she has a Bachelors Degree in History and a PhD in Writing.

If this workshop interests you, you can register for this workshop using our Online Registration Form.

Radical Devotion: Landscape Poetry for the 21st Century with Liana Joy Christensen (RD1611)- Saturday 16th July 1:30pm- 4:30pm

Liana Joy Christensen will be facilitating a workshop based on landscaping your poetry you have created into the 21st Century. 0fa875_54a9f8afa17d466084d4abaf9e5e4c3f[1]

Like people, the world needs to be seen, loved and touched in order to thrive through the passages of life. Often indigenous people have a more clear awareness of their responsibilities-but the task can’t be handled by just one group of people and needs to be taken by all hands. This workshop will explore on playing and having fun with forming poetry for the 21st Century. We will then encourage participants to begin drafting their own landscape poem for the 21st Century.

Liana Joy Christensen is an award winning author with a variety of short stories, essays and poems have been published nationally and internationally literary journals. She is the author of Deadly Beautiful- Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom.

If this workshop interests you, you can register for this workshop using our online registration form.

Writing Dramatic Dialogue with John Harman (WD1610) – Saturday June 25th 2016, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Next weekend, John Harman will be facilitating a workshop based around writing dramatic dialogue.

The dialogue in any piece of writing, is extremely important and must always serve a purpose. It needs to achieve things such as relaying information, advancing the plot, show characterisation and show the relationship between characters as well as many more aspects. Much of a narrative is propelled by dialogue and good dialogue shows and expresses rather than tells.John Harman It makes the story fly. If you struggle with doing this in your pieces of writing then John Harman will be able to help.

John Harman has worked in advertising and journalism in the UK and America. He was also a co-owner of a small film production company, where he wrote documentaries and film-scripts. He is now a full-time writer of crime thrillers including Called to Account, Dangerous Assets, Money for Nothing and The Bottom Line which have been published in the UK.

If this workshop is something you think you’re interested in, you can register using our online registration form.