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Writing Effective Description and Detail

Registrations now open: Click Here for more information on how to register

One of the greatest joys of writing creatively is selecting the perfect sensory detail or figure of speech to spark images in a reader’s mind. Through a mix of theory, readings, and short practical exercises, participants in this workshop will learn a range of techniques to refine and enhance their descriptive writing skills.

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.


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:


Fremantle Press Podcast and Advice for Writers

During Perth Festival Writers Week a special episode of the Fremantle Press podcast for authors and writers was recorded during the Business of Being a Writer event.

Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser was joined by award-winning screen director Alison James, Black Swan State Theatre Company Literary Director Polly Low and Red Room Poetry Director Tamryn Bennett. The panel covered such topics as adapting books for the stage, creating scripts, using dialogue to advance story and many other tips useful for both established and emerging writers.

The podcast is part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program, which Peter Cowan Writers Centre is proudly a part of, and which is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The other centres involved in this initiative are the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, WA Poets Inc. with support from Fremantle Press.

Fremantle Press also posted a useful article on their website that covers some of the same tips and advice for Western Australian writers as was covered in the podcast which can be read here.

The podcast can be listened to below.