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2021-2023 PCWC Four Centres Emerging Writers Program – PCWC APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED!

An invitation for WA writers to apply to the 2021-2023 Four Centres Emerging Writers Program – PCWC APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED!

The Four Centres Emerging Writers Program is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and is administered by Fremantle Press.

The program, which is a series of workshops, mentorships and special events, is designed to assist writers to complete a polished manuscript ready to submit to a publisher by the end of the two years.

If you would like to apply for a place on The 2021-2023 Four Centres Emerging Writers Program, please join one of the four writing centres:

Further details will be released by the writers’ centres. For information on PCWC’s application process, please CLICK HERE.


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 and dates, see: First Draft Group

The Centre also offers a Monthly Write-in Group on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon. The focus of this group is to provide the space for writers to meet and capture words on the page. Writing prompts can be provided, if needed. There is no sharing of work or feedback offered in the group. For further details and dates, see: Monthly Write-in Group

COVID-19 Updates: Please check the home page of our website regularly in the event of further COVID-19 lockdowns, or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pcwcwa 

New Monthly Write-in Group commencing 13 March 2021!

Frequency: 2nd Saturday of every month excluding December 2021 and January 2022

Time:  10 am to 12 noon   Convenors: Trine Larsen and Julie Bowyer

Venue: Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus,  270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup

Parking: Free. ECU Carpark 14 (enter from Lakeside Drive) – please see the map on our home page

Group Overview:

Do you struggle to find time to write in your busy schedule? The PCWC Monthly Write-in Group may be the answer. The aim of this group is to capture words on the page, or your laptop screen, using the Pomodoro technique. The session will consist of 20-minute writing bursts with brief breaks in between. Prompts can be provided, if needed. There will be no sharing of work, or feedback offered. The focus will be on writing regardless of the genre you are writing in. All adult writers over the age of 18 are welcome.

Cost: $5 per session including light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits or cake)

RSVP: New attendees, please RSVP to PeterCowanWritersCentre@outlook.com with your name and contact phone number.

Group Updates:  In the event of further Perth COVID-19 lockdowns occurring throughout the year, please check this web page, or our website home page for updates. Updates will also be posted on the Centre’ Facebook page.

COVID-19 Requirements:

PCWC has a COVID-19 Plan in place. When attending a group, please sanitise your hands upon entering the building (hand sanitiser provided) and complete the attendance register – for WA government contact tracing requirements.  In the interests of keeping everyone healthy, please do not attend the session if you are feeling unwell, are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have tested positive. Thank you!


Launch of Eye of A Rook, Josephine Taylor

PCWC congratulates our member, Josephine Taylor, on the release of her debut novel, Eye of a Rook, published by Fremantle Press. Josephine has been a PCWC participant in the two-year Four Centres’ Emerging Writers’ Pilot Publishing Program, funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Eye of a Rook:

In Victorian England, Arthur Rochdale seeks help for his suffering wife, Emily, contemplating real-life surgeon Isaac Baker Brown’s radical treatment for hysterical women. In contemporary Perth, writer and academic Alice Tennant researches the history of hysteria to make sense of her mystifying gynaecological pain, drawing away from her husband, Duncan. In interweaving narratives, the characters discover how little is known of women’s bodies, while exploring the limits of love and the possibilities of creativity. 

In recent weeks Jo has been busy promoting her novel at:

  • online ‘in conversation’ events with Lee Kofman at Avid Reader on 9 February, and with Tegan Bennett Daylight on 23 February for Readings, and
  • at a panel session at the Perth Literature & Ideas week with Susan Midalia, Lucy Peach, Bron Bateman and host Emily Paull for a conversation about how books open up spaces for discussing women’s perspectives, bodies, experiences and lives (20 February).

Free Upcoming Event:

Jo will also be discussing her novel in a free online Zoom conversation with Cassandra Atherton at Better Read Than Dead on 8 March 2021 (International Women’s Day) at 6.30pm AEDT (3.30pm Perth time). Register at Better Read Than Dead Events

Our members can purchase Josephine’s novel for a 10% discount on the RRP at Dymocks in Joondalup – please show your 2021 PCWC membership card. The book is also available from Fremantle Press or at local independent and major bookstores, and online book retailers.

With Fire in her Heart: the Edith Cowan Story

With Fire in her Heart: The Edith Cowan Story will be staged at the 2021 Perth Fringe Festival. The play celebrates the remarkable life of Edith Cowan, the first woman elected to the Australian parliament. 2021 marks the centennial of Edith’s achievements in Australian politics and this wonderful play brings to life her remarkable story. From her early life growing up near Geraldton, dealing with death and loss to a trail-blazing career as a social reformer, Edith worked tirelessly for the rights and welfare of woman and children. Director Gabrielle Metcalf, Writer Trevor Todd (PCWC 2013 Writer-in-Residence) and Designer Tyler Hill work with a team of dynamic and diverse artists to realise this beautiful and uniquely Western Australian story.


Home Economics Room (disabled access) and the Biology Room, Girls School, 2  Wellington Street, East Perth


30 January, 2021 at 3.45 pm, Home Economics Room – disabled access
Duration: 75 minutes
27 January to 7 February 2021 at 6.45 pm, Biology Room, Girls’ School
Duration: 75 minutes
Note: no show on 2 February 2021



$21 to $30 + $2.20 booking fee
Limited 30% discount available for Friends Frenzy members

Further Info at: