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PCWC Homecoming

Since my association with PCWC in 2007, I have joined its evolution as a thriving centre for people who live in the northern suburbs. The Centre is run by volunteers who work tirelessly to achieve the objectives of the Centre: to encourage new writers; sustain exiting writers, and to promote Peter Cowan as its namesake…

As we celebrate 20 years of northern writers, it has been a great opportunity to take stock of all that has been achieved and to look forward to a bright future. My thanks to all who have gone before and to all of those who continue to work in providing ongoing services to our members and the community.

— Susan Stevens, Afterword excerpts, Homecoming


The book contains selected stories of Peter Cowan, especially his progression as a writer throughout his life. His personal interviews, and testimonials from his friends and colleagues are also included in the book.

Homecoming is a revelation of the history and establishment of the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. It also highlights the Edith Cowan House and the fascinations from esteemed literary personalities of Australia.

Dust Covered Limited Edition is $35 (plus postage of $7) 

Standard Book is $25 (plus postage of $7) 

Reserve your copy now, click here. Or, call (08) 9301 2282 or Email cowan05@bigpond.com

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.

Australian Short Story Festival

The third annual Australian Short Story Festival will be held from Friday the 19th October to Sunday the 21st October at the Centre for Stories in Northbridge. This festival is a celebration of short stories, writers and oral storytellers from all over Australia.

For further details about the Australian Short Story Festival please click the Flyer, or visit the Australian Short Festival website. You can view the 2018 program at the Australian Short Festival Program. Please note that some of these workshops are free whilst others you will have to pay to attend. Even if the workshop is free you have to book ahead of time. Please click here to book.

Two of our members Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden will be attending.

Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden are our Writers-in-Residence this year. Click here for more information.

Westerly Issue 63.1 Launch

Hey there everyone, have you heard? Our friends over at Westerly are launching their latest issue, and they’re having a party! On the 19th of July, join them for an evening of drinks and nibbles, as they launch issue 63.1 of Westerly. To RSVP for their event, click on the link here.

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.