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Buy a gift – ‘Homecoming’

‘Homecoming’ is a wonderful coffee table book that highlights the life of Peter Cowan and includes 8 of his short stories that are now out of print. There is also a potted history of Edith Cowan’s House as it was transported to ECU Joondalup in 1997 and  has been the home of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre for the past 18  years. You can purchase your special edition (jacketed copy) for $35 and unjacketed for $25.   Please click here to order this book  .

Buy a Workshop or Annual Membership (please click hereand give it to the Writer in your family.

The Workshop Summary 2016 is now available .

The ‘Milmeray’ Writers Retreat was a wonderful success for all. Details for 2016 soon.

If you have a love for words that amuse, enchant, enrage or nudges others into different ways of viewing the world, then bring your pen and writing materials because Susan Midalia, Writer in Residence, is facilitating the Two Day Writers Retreat at Edith Cowan House on 17-18 October!

This is for all writers, regardless of your skill. Susan is able to help you bring out the best in your writing. Watch this space.

This is the first time we are offering a two day non-residential retreat and it is going to be a very special weekend. Come for a day or attend both days.

Successful Author, University Teacher, Literary Judge, Freelance Editor and regular Workshop Facilitator ~ Susan Midalia (PhD) shares her extensive experience, to prompt, encourage and inspire you to write.~

Click here for more details.

Play Readings to celebrate Centre’s 20th Anniversary

Six playwrights from Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc will present script readings of their ten-minute plays on Sunday, 9 August 2015 at the Joondalup Library commencing at 2 pm. ‘The project forms part of the Centre’s 20th anniversary celebrations, and features plays inspired by the short stories of PCWC’s namesake Peter Cowan,’ said PCWC President, Susan Stevens.

StagesWA has provided support to the project with Dramaturg Polly Low mentoring the playwrights in the development of their plays: ‘Mobiles’ (Sue Braghieri); ‘Love and Affection’ (Elizabeth Brennan); ‘Film’ (John Dooley); ‘The Touch of Love’ (Susanne Harford); ‘Red-backed Spiders’ (Gayle Malloy); and ‘The Corner’ (John Trewin).

The plays explore the full gamut of human emotions, conflicts and experiences from the tension between two hitchhikers and the driver who picks them up (‘Mobiles’), to a coming of age story (‘The Touch of Love’) and dissatisfied spouses yearning for another life (‘Film’, ‘Love and Affection’). Other characters are confronted by the aftermath of parental neglect (‘Red-backed Spiders’) and a road accident (‘The Corner’) and must question the consequences of their actions, or failure to act.

‘StagesWA advocates for the development of the craft of playwriting. We are pleased to have been able to give the PCWC playwrights the opportunity of dramaturgy and a facilitated play reading as these are crucial steps in the craft and the work progressing to production,’ said StagesWA Director, Marie Rodger.

Perth professional and community theatre actors Kirstie Francis, Nicolas Kadmos, Shelley McGinn, Angelino Schintu, and Lisa Skrypichayko will assume the adult and narration roles for the play readings, with second and third year acting students from Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts taking on the young adult roles.

Adults and youth over the age of 16 are welcome to attend the play readings and can participate in the Q and A session to provide feedback to the playwrights on how they can further refine their plays. RSVPs are essential. Contact PCWC on (08) 9301 2282 or e: cowan05@bigpond.com by 7 August 2015 to register your attendance.

Read more about Play Readings.

 

Proudly supported by:

StagesWA

Editor in Residence: Dr. Laurie Steed

Dr. 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, and elsewhere. His non-fiction has appeared in Australian Book Review, Bookseller + Publisher, Kill Your Darlings, The Courier Mail, The Big Issue, The Emerging Writers Festival Reader, The Emerging Writer: An Insider’s Guide To Growing Your Writing, and elsewhere.

He won the 2013 Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction and the Creative Works Prize at the 2013 Higher Degree by Research Achievement Awards. A recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation and The Fellowship of Writers (Western Australia), he completed his Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia in 2015.

He has taught writing, publishing and editing at Monash University and Deakin University, and currently teaches Advanced Fiction for Writers Victoria. He is on the Editorial Board for Margaret River Press, is a former advisory consultant for the Emerging Writers Festival, and lives with his family in Perth, Western Australia.

His specialist area is short fiction, and is particularly interested in helping emerging writers develop their work to that of a publishable standard. He is on the Editorial Board for Margaret River Press and is the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships. He is available for one on one consultations and will help you to develop your work.

Call (08) 9301 2282 or Email cowan05@bigpond.com to book a consultation.

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 to throw it out the window. Maybe I’m over personalizing at the end there, but in any case I find editing my work takes more effort than actually writing the essay or article but it is one of the most important things to do.

If my experience is anything like yours and you wish to refine the art of editing in order to perfect your writing then I can recommend Dr Maureen-Helen’s workshop “Memoirs/Biography: Editing and Rewriting”. This workshop is for novice writers and for those who want to perfect their writing through editing, feedback and managing drafts. She will teach you a number of methods and approaches to help you get your writing and editing life on track.

Dr. Maureen-HelenFor those who are unfamiliar with Dr Maureen-Helen she is an experienced writer, teacher and published author. Her memoir, Other People’s Country (ABC Books, 2008) was listed for a Walkey Award and short-listen for WA Premier’s Book Awards (SLWA WA History Prize). Her formal qualifications include a PhD in Writing.

The workshop goes from 1:30pm – 4:30pm on Sunday 12th July.

Please refer to the flyer for information on the workshop, how to apply and the cost for members and non members.

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 recite a poem she wrote during her time in the Advanced Poetry workshop here at PCWC and which is also published in the Homecoming coffee table book.

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Thank-you to everyone who made this day possible.

Photos:

  1. A few words from Professor Clive Barstow
  2. Group under Marquee including Mayor of Wanneroo Tracey Roberts and Professor Glen Philips
  3. Snapshot of PCWC Volunteer Nicole Waddilove, Liana Joy Christensen and Lynne Cohen
  4. PCWC President Susan Stevens talks to Cr Tom from CoJ
  5. PCWC Member Sue Henderson and PCWC Volunteer Robyn Negus
  6. PCWC President Susan Stevens and Professor Clive Barstow

Do you want to kick-start your writing life?

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
– Isaac Asimov

Dr. Maureen-HelenDr Maureen-Helen is back at PCWC with a workshop to help kick-start your writing life. If there is a single part of you that wishes to write, whether that be professionally or simply as a hobby then this workshop might be right up your alley. You will learn about a number of proven techniques and approaches to help you tame that writing beast to your complete satisfaction.

The workshop will take place on 28th June 2015 at 1:30pm-4:30pm but registrations close on the 23rd of June at 5pm.

As the Greek Philosopher Epictetus once said “If you wish to be a writer; write!” and it’s this workshop that will help you achieve this simple advice.

Please find further information and the application form here

Another poetry workshop

Shane McCauley is back with another poetry workshop called Editing Your Poetry, which is about…editing your poetry!

If you went to Shane’s beginners poetry workshop, Introduction to Poetry, in March then this workshop is the other half of your poetry education.

Shane has made this workshop to be purely practical. So, applicants will be immersed in methods of how to shape a poem, what to include and exclude, how to utilize imagery to the best effect, how to incorporate sounds and rhythms in both traditional and free poetic forms. Applicants will also examine examples of the good and the not-so-good.

photo shaneIf you were not an applicant of Introduction to Poetry you may not be familiar with Shane’s work.

Shane McCauley has been a TAFE/University lecturer since the mid-1970s and seven of his books of poetry have been published, most recently The Drunken Elk (Sunline Press, 2010) and Ghost Catcher (Studio Press, 2012). He was awarded the 2008 Max Harris Poetry Award. So your poetry will be in good hands!

We have several places still available so the closing date for registrations to this workshop has been dropped for now to allow for any interested parties to apply at a time that’s appropriate for them. But make sure you get in soon because Editing Your Poetry will be taking place on the 30th of May. You may apply via phone, email or through our new online application process on our website!