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How to Develop Engaging, Unique and Memorable Characters

Peter Cowan Writers Centre are excited to host a workshop with the talented Brooke Dunnell on November 14th.

This workshop will demonstrate techniques to add depth, detail, and pathos to the stars of your stories. No matter what level of writing experience, participants will be able to enhance their character creation skills, creating greater equity and enjoyment for writers and readers alike.

Click Here for more information about our upcoming workshop.

2021-2023 PCWC Four Centres Emerging Writers Program – Meet our Writers

We were overwhelmed by the skill of the applications for the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program, and it was a tough decision to have to choose 12 standout writers from the applications we received.

But it had to be done, and we are now happy to reveal the lucky writers who were given a spot on our second run of the successful Emerging Writers Program.

We look forward to seeing what these 12 up-and-coming writers will achieve in the next two years.

Meet our writers by clicking this link


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 (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 book stores, and online book retailers.