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Refurbishment of Edith Cowan House

Edith Cowan House (where the Peter Cowan Writers Centre operates from), will be undergoing extensive refurbishment commencing on 6th November 2019 to approximately 4th February 2020. Some of our office volunteers will still be available to answer phone calls, emails and attend to other administrative tasks, but on a limited basis. The volunteers will be operating out of building 8 on the Joondalup Campus. With the refurbishment due to commence on 6th November, our relocation to building 8 will be on 7th November, and then relocating back into Edith Cowan House around Tuesday 4th February 2020.

The key changes to Edith Cowan House are the following:

  • The main office that the PCWC operates out of, will be slightly reduced in size. The office furniture will be replaced. In addition, the office will switch from the desktop computers to the use of new laptop computers, using Microsoft Office 365/2019 suite of office programs.
  • The Peter Cowan library is to remain. A glass wall will be installed so as to showcase the library. A benefit of membership will be that you will continue to have access to the library, however visitors who are not members will not have access, but will be able to view the library through the glass wall.
  • Extension to roof on rear deck.
  • Privacy screen on deck to separate external toilets.

Competitions

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre conducts four annual writing competitions:

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story
The Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose
The Patron’s Prize for Poets
The Glen Phillips Poetry Prize

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was run in February and March this year. It was a great success with well over 300 entries. Unfortunately, our other prose competition the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, together with our two poetry competitions the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize, all had to be put on hold due to the planned refurbishment of Edith Cowan House. We are very excited to be relocating back into Edith Cowan House in early 2020 and look forward to another busy year conducting these popular competitions.

Workshops

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre conduct many workshops in prose, poetry and memoir writing. Our facilitators are all highly qualified with literary qualifications. Our workshops were very successful this year and we are very excited to be relocating back into Edith Cowan House in early 2020, and look forward to another busy year conducting our planned workshops.

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre, named in honour of her grandson, an Honorary Professor at Edith Cowan University, is fortunate to continue to operate out of Edith Cowan House once the refurbishment is completed. Thank you for your support over the past 12 months, which has ensured that the Centre continues Edith’s legacy of putting the community first, as the Centre has done for the past 23 years.