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End of The Year 2018

All our workshops for 2018 have concluded and we would like to say a big thank you to the facilitators for organizing such wonderful workshops. The Centre will be closed from Thursday 13th of December until Tuesday 29th January.

Thank you to everyone who attended a workshop this year we look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

We will release the new calendar of workshops in the new year. Happy holidays!

Pathways to Publication

Saturday 17th November 2pm-4pm Spaces still available!

With many pathways to publication it’s especially important to find what works for you! Join Hannah and Josephine to learn about publication opportunities for your writing, including competitions, large and small; online publications; genre and literary journals; independent publishing houses; and larger commercial publishers. This is a workshop that welcomes all styles of writing for advice and information shared in a non-threatening environment, especially suited to early-career writers.

 

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.

 

 

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

 

Self-Editing and Submitting for Publication

Saturday 10th November 1.30pm-4.30pm

Self-Editing and Submitting for Publication with Josephine Taylor and Hannah van Didden

Join Josephine and Hannah to learn how to edit your short-form writing and ready it for submitting to publishers or competitions. With their different yet complementary backgrounds in writing, editing and publication, your facilitators bring a wealth of tips and practical exercises in relation to self-editing, organising your writing life, dealing with rejection, self-promotion, identifying the right opportunities for your style, and submitting the final version – as the best it can be!

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.

 

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!

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

 

Proudly Supported by the City of Joondalup

 

Twist Your Own Adventure with Hannah van Didden

Sunday 4th November 2pm-4pm Spaces still available!

This workshop is suitable for young writers from 10 to 15 years of age.

One day you wake up and decide to take a walk. This day begins as any other day, but this walk is not like any other walk. You think you know where your path leads, but you don’t—at least to start with. Accompany Hannah on a wild ride past the known realm of your imagination to create a truly twisted tale… if you dare.

 

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.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

 

Proudly supported by City of Joondalup

 

So You Want to Write: An Introduction to Creative Writing with Josephine Taylor

Saturday 3rd November 10am-12pm

Have you always wanted to write, but don’t know how to start? Started to write, but become completely lost? Join experienced facilitator Josephine Taylor in a workshop that will introduce you to different forms of creative writing – fiction, creative non-fiction, life writing and poetry. Through examples and fun activities, participants will be introduced to writing techniques that will provide the confidence to continue writing well beyond this workshop!

 

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!

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately.

For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

 

Write to Unravel: Your Creative Path as a Writer with Nicola-Jane Le Breton

Saturday 27th October 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

In this workshop you will be supported to reflect upon your creative journey as a writer, to clarify your vision and purpose, and to write imaginatively about your writing projects – past, present and future. A wonderful opportunity for experienced and beginning writers alike to gather new inspiration and meaning in a safe and supportive environment. The writing exercises may generate raw material useful for forewords, blurbs, bios, blogs and grant applications. A profound and satisfying process that helps put the wordless into words.

Nicola-Jane Le Breton

As a writer and a community arts facilitator, Nicola has worked in the genres of memoir, poetry, literature and theatre, including facilitating collaborative script writing for performance. Her great strength as a teacher is creating a safe space for participants to discover and develop an authentic writing voice, regardless of their level of experience. Nicola is a self-publishing consultant and editor with Fontaine Publishing Group in East Fremantle.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Drafting, Editing and Revising Towards Publication with Ian Reid

Sunday 14th October 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm Spaces still available!

Whatever professional editing your work may eventually receive when accepted for publication, if you’re a serious writer you must initially be your own editor, able to see your draft material through the eyes of a vigilant reader and undertake rigorous revision.

Learning how to have an editor in your head is just as important for non-fiction (e.g. memoir writing, biography or history) as for short stories and novels.

So this workshop will help you to scrutinise your text meticulously at all levels, from content and structure to the stylistic details.

 

Ian Reid

Ian Reid is the author of more than a dozen books including non-fiction as well as historical novels. He also has extensive experience as an editor of numerous book publications, magazines and professional journals. His writings, which have won international awards, have been translated into several foreign languages. He has taught literature and creative writing in universities and is an Adjunct Professor of Humanities at UWA.

His website is at: www.ianreid-author.com

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Memoir Writing: Writing the Self and Others with Susan Midalia

Saturday 6th October 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Memories can be voluntary or unbidden; pleasurable or painful; recalled from childhood or the more recent past. They are often sensorial, imbued with our desires and fears, and are always subjective. We use memory to build a narrative about ourselves and our lives, stories which can either remain fixed or shift with the passing of time. In this workshop, short story writer and novelist Susan Midalia will help you to find ways of creating a voice and honouring your memories in ways that matter to you, and which – if you choose to reveal your stories – will matter for other readers.

 Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major literary awards. Her first novel will be published by Fremantle Press in 2018. She is also an experienced freelance editor and workshop facilitator, the judge of several literary awards, and a board member of writing WA and Margaret River Press.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Editing Your Short Stories (or Fiction) with Shane McCauley

Sunday 9th September 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Join a group of fellow fiction writers in the beautiful setting of the Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre as we look at ways of lifting our short stories to another level by considering examples of great and not so great literature. Examples will be critiqued and participants are encouraged to bring samples of their work for assessment within the frame of a 3-hour workshop. We will also consider relevant comments by respected editors and literary judges on what constitutes publishable or award-winning fiction. The aim is to learn how to become more successful writers, and to have fun while doing so!

 

Shane McCauley

Shane McCauley is a graduate of both the University of Western Australia and Sydney He has been a TAFE/University lecturer since the mid 1970’s, and has had eight books of poetry published. Most recently, he has published Ghost Catcher (Studio Press 2012), The Drunken Elk (Sunline Press 2010) and Trickster (Walleah Press 2015). He has had over 1300 poems published in Australian and overseas journals. He has won many major literary awards, including the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, the Poetry Australia Bicentennial Poetry Award and the Max Harris Poetry Award. Recently he has been awarded first prize in the Poetry d’Amour Award, Glen Phillips Poetry Prize (PCWC), Patron’s Prize (PCWC) and Peter Cowan Writers Centre Anniversary Prize. He conducts a fortnightly poetry workshop for the OOTA Writers Group at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.

Drafting and Editing for Publication with Josephine Taylor

Saturday 25th August 2018 1:30pm-4:30pm

Do you love writing but are uncertain how to ready your work for competitions or publication? Have you written some pieces but lack the confidence to submit them? Through information, practice tips and editing activities, this workshop will focus on how to prepare your writing for competitions and publication. Participants will gain confidence in their editing skills and discover how satisfying and enjoyable it is to draft and edit.

Josephine Taylor is a writer from Perth, where she holds the following positions: associate editor, Westerly magazine (UWA); adjunct lecturer, Edith Cowan University; and editorial board member, Margaret River Press. Her published work includes short forms of fiction and life-writing, and she is currently writing a novel. Josephine teaches in the areas of creative writing, editing and Australian fiction. Her workshops are informative, vibrant and fun.

 

Please click onto our Online Registration Form to enrol immediately. For further details please click the Flyer

Call (08) 9301 2282 or email cowan05@bigpond.com for further inquiries.

Directions to the Centre: From Lakeside Drive to Deakin Road, enter Car Park 14. There is a visitors parking area, near the Gymnasium and Child Care Centre. Parking is free over weekends.

Please click the Map to Venue.