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Welcome Writers

The Peter Cowan Writing Centre is in its 22nd year of providing an ongoing source of support and development for emerging and established creative writers within the northern suburbs of Perth. It has continued to grow and offer a range of writing opportunities for its membership and the wider writing community.

Nestled in the Pines, near the lake in Edith Cowan House, which was transported to the ‘heart’ of the Joondalup campus in 1997, members and visitors can explore the Peter Cowan Library. We have a welcome coffee morning on the first Saturday of the month from 10am.

Join us for some writing exercise or enjoy the ambience of the library. The centre conducts four, annual writing competitions: The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition, the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize. Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Inc. also holds regular member meetings, conducts an annual writing retreat that is facilitated by our annual Writer in Residence (2015 is Susan Midalia), providing specialist writing workshops in memoir, prose, poetry, publishing and social media; and offers regular creative writing and editing sessions for its members and the wider writing community.


News and Updates

  • With Fire in her Heart: the Edith Cowan Story

    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. …Read More »
  • How to Rescue a Comatose Story with Daphne Milne

    How to Rescue a Comatose Story with Daphne Milne

      Join Daphne Milne, storyteller and poet, for an afternoon unlocking and reviving the potential of your stories.    Daphne Milne Daphne writes short stories, flash fiction and prose poems which vary from the darkly humorous to the vaguely sinister. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies including Aether and Ichor, Acumen, Sarasvati, …Read More »
  • PCWC 2020 Members Only Prose Competition

    PCWC 2020 Members Only Prose Competition

    2020 PCWC members are invited to enter up to two stories (500 words max. per story) in our Members only prose competition. Prizes:  Open: $100    Novice:  $50 Entry Conditions: 1. The story must be you own writing and unpublished (including on blogs and the internet). 2. The story must NOT have won a prize or been acknowledged in any ... Read more...Read More »