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Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 22nd year of providing an ongoing source of support and development for emerging and established creative writers within the northern suburbs of Perth. It has continued to grow and offer a range of writing opportunities for its membership and the wider writing community.

Nestled in the Pines, near the lake in Edith Cowan House, which was transported to the ‘heart’ of the Joondalup campus in 1997, members and visitors can explore the Peter Cowan Library. We have a welcome coffee morning on the first Saturday of the month from 10am.

Join us for some writing exercise or enjoy the ambience of the library. The centre conducts four, annual writing competitions: The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition, the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize. Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Inc. also holds regular member meetings, conducts an annual writing retreat that is facilitated by our annual Writer in Residence (2015 is Susan Midalia), providing specialist writing workshops in memoir, prose, poetry, publishing and social media; and offers regular creative writing and editing sessions for its members and the wider writing community.

 

News and Updates

  • Publication Event 2018 Recap

    Publication Event 2018 Recap

    The Publication Event we held on 18th November was a massive success with over 90 people attending. We’d like to thank our guest speakers, all the volunteers that helped make the event happen, Centre members and all the people who attended. Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden were our writer’s in residence and two of …Read More »
workshops
  • Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with  Josephine Taylor

    Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with Josephine Taylor

    In this workshop, Josephine will outline the different forms of life writing, and explore how real-life experiences and creative writing techniques can be used to write effective and memorable memoir, autobiography and biography. Participants can bring draft auto/biography, but we will focus mainly on life-writing exercises, with feedback and with tips galore. Participants will discover …Read More »
competition
  • 2019 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

    2019 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

    The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition within or outside Australia. In addition to the ‘Open’ category open to all writers, the Centre established a new ... Read more...Read More »