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Welcome Writers!

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation focused on providing support and development for beginner, emerging and established creative writers within the northern suburbs and wider Perth writing communities.  It has continued to grow since the Centre began in 1995 and offers a range of writing opportunities for its membership and Perth writers, and further afield to Australian writers via our writing competitions.

For more information about our namesake Peter Cowan, our history and our location in Edith Cowan House, please see the About section.

We are a small community-based writing centre that offers writing groups, workshops and competitions. We do not publish manuscripts or offer a manuscript assessment or manuscript editing service. However, some helpful writing links to writing organisations and professional bodies can be found on our Writing Links & Publishing page here.
Details of Western Australian and Australian Publishing houses can be found here with
information on Manuscript Awards and Mentoring Opportunities here.
You can also follow the Centre on Facebook via our organisational page at: https://facebook.com/pcwcwa

Thank you for visiting our website, and we look forward to welcoming you to a workshop or writing group, or receiving your entries in our writing competitions.

News and Updates

  • Writing Effective Description and Detail

    Writing Effective Description and Detail

    Workshop: Writing Effective Description and Detail Facilitator: Brooke Dunnell Date: Saturday August 20. 2022. Time: 9.30 -12.30 pm This workshop has ended. Brooke Dunnell’s short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, New Australian Stories 2021, The Big Issue fiction edition, Westerly, Meanjin, and elsewhere. A collection of six short stories, Female(s and) Dogs, …Read More »
  • 2022 Peter Cowan 600 short story competition

    2022 Peter Cowan 600 short story competition

      The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was launched by our Centre in 2010 in honour of our namesake Peter Cowan (1914–2002), one of Western Australia’s most esteemed writers and academics. It is fitting that the competition celebrates short story writing as Peter Cowan published several volumes of short fiction and is well known ... Read more...Read More »