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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 We do not publish manuscripts or offer a manuscript assessment or manuscript editing service.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.
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

  • Our Regular Writing Groups

    Our Regular Writing Groups

    PCWC now has two groups on offer for writers to attend each month: Our First Draft Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 1 to 4 pm. The group provides the opportunity for writers to share a piece of writing to receive feedback from peers in the group. For further details …Read More »
  • How to Rescue a Comatose Story with Daphne Milne

    How to Rescue a Comatose Story with Daphne Milne

      Join Daphne Milne, storyteller and poet, for an afternoon unlocking and reviving the potential of your stories.    Daphne Milne Daphne writes short stories, flash fiction and prose poems which vary from the darkly humorous to the vaguely sinister. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies including Aether and Ichor, Acumen, Sarasvati, …Read More »
  • 2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

    2021 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 for ... Read more...Read More »