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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.

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 the guests at the event. Josephine Taylor had this to say about the Publication Event:

“With Cate Blake (Penguin Random House) and Haylee Nash (The Nash Agency) speaking to publishing from a valuable Eastern States perspective, and Terri-ann White (UWA Publishing), Georgia Richter (Fremantle Press) and Natasha Lester (award-winning author) providing locally honed knowledge that stretches well beyond state or national boundaries, attendees were treated to a range of voices and experience. More importantly, these generous professionals shared personal insights into the publishing industry, honest appraisals of the state of writing and publishing in Australia, and realistic and helpful advice for emerging writers.”

The Panel (left to right, Haylee Nash – The Nash Agency, Natasha Lester – Bestselling Author, Georgia Richter – Fremantle Press, Nicole Waddilove – PCWC Committee Member, Cate Blake – Penguin Random House , Terri-Ann White – UWA Publishing).

Haylee Nash (The Nash Agency) during her first speech.

Terri-Ann White (UWA Publishing) talking to the crowd.

Natasha Lester (Bestselling Author) during her second speech of the afternoon.

Haylee Nash (The Nash Agency) answering questions from an attendee.

Cate Blake (Penguin Random House) listening intently to a question from an attendee.

Some of the eager crowd at the Publishing Event.

We hope we’re able to host more events like the Publishing Event in the future, the enthusiasm of the guest speakers and attendees was the best outcome we at Peter Cowan Writers Centre could have hoped for. If you attended the Publication Event and have any feedback we’d love to hear from you.

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre Publication Event was proudly supported by the City of Joondalup.

Writers-in-Residence for 2018 are Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden

Our two Writers-in-Residence for 2018 is Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden. The Writers-in-Residence will commence on Monday 29th October to Sunday 18th of November. There will be four different workshops to participate in. The workshops are:

So You Want to Write: an Introduction to Creative Writing” with Josephine Taylor on the 3rd November. Concluded

“Twist Your Own Adventure” with Hannah van Didden on the 4th November (suitable for young writers from 10 to 15 years of age).

“Self-editing and Submitting for Publication” with Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden on the 10th November.

Pathways to Publication” with Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden on the 17th November.

Josephine Taylor
Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and an Editorial Board member of Margaret River Press. She is also Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine, where she reviews and edits creative and scholarly writing. Her work has been anthologised and has appeared in diverse publications, including Australian Book Review, Axon and Southerly. Josephine regularly presents and facilitates in the areas of creative writing and Australian fiction. She is passionate about literature and creativity – and she loves teaching!

Hannah van Didden

Hannah van Didden is a Perth-based writer and book designer. Pieces of her have appeared in publications such as Southerly (Aust.), Breach (Aust.), Hippocampus Magazine (US), Atticus Review (US), and Southword Journal (Ire). While trying to stay faithful to writing novels and helping others get their writing ready for publication, she entertains a love affair with short forms. In another life, she helps others to run their projects with discipline and creativity. This balance feeds her writing—and potentially yours—when you seek her advice or come to her workshops.

Writing and Publishing Sector Forum

WritingWA is curating the annual WA Writing and Publishing Sector Forum, providing opportunities to network and discuss current trends, issues and opportunities in the industry.  Our very own Vice-President, Holden Sheppard will be speaking on the 11th at 11.45 am, talking about all the new exciting opportunities and events happening at the Peter Cowan Writer’s Centre in the coming months.

This forum is held over two days, the 10th and 11th of July from 9am to 5pm on both days.  Tickets cost $26.09 per day.

For more information click here.

2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Results

The Awards Day for the 2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition was held on Saturday the 19th of May.

The results are now available online, along with Dr Josephine Taylor’s Judges Report for this years entries.

Click here to see the results. Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to everyone who entered the competition.