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Refurbishment of Edith Cowan House

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre conduct many workshops in prose, poetry and memoir writing. Our facilitators are all highly qualified with literary qualifications. Our workshops were very successful this year and we are very excited to be relocating back into Edith Cowan House in early 2020, and look forward to another busy year conducting our planned workshops.

Editing Your Short Stories (or Fiction) with Shane McCauley

Saturday 12th October 2019 1:30pm-4:30pm

 

 Shane McCauley

While better known as a prize-winning poet who has had eight books and over 1300 poems published in national and overseas journals, Shane wrote his first SF story in a school exercise book in 1968, possibly when he was supposed to be studying something else. His first published story (Westerly, 1975) was SF and he published several more from the 70s to the early 90s. Since then he has focused more on poetry, but has never lost his love for the fascinating and always relevant SF genre. He has a MA (Hons) in English from the University of Sydney and is a retired TAFE and university lecturer, having taught Creative Writing, among other subjects, for nearly 40 years.

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.

Tomato Writing with Hannah van Didden

Write like a tomato and get more from your writing sessions! Use a modified Pomodoro (“Tomato”) Technique to get more words on the page in short bursts, break through blocks, and overcome your “thinky” brain, while learning to develop trusting and effective writing partnerships along the way. Come prepared to write, share, and have fun.

 Hannah van Didden

Hannah van Didden’s works span the real, the fabulist, the dark, and the dystopian. You will find pieces of her in places such as Crannóg, Southerly, Breach, Hippocampus Review, Atticus Review, and Southword Journal.

As a workshop facilitator, she draws on her project management background to help you add more rigour to your writing practice.

Title: “Tomato Writing” with Hannah van Didden
Date: Saturday 7th September 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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 Prose for Publication with Josephine Taylor

This Saturday 10th August 2019 1:30pm-4:30pm-Spaces still available!

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

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

Title: “Drafting and Editing Prose for Publication” with Josephine Taylor
Date: Saturday 10th August 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.

Capturing Character and Doing Dialogue: A Workshop for Prose Writers with Brooke Dunnell

Why not join Brooke Dunnell this Saturday 27th July from 1-30 pm to 4.30 pm, for a pleasant afternoon of creative writing at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre which is located in Edith Cowan House, near the lake on the beautiful grounds of the Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus.

Interesting characters and appealing dialogue are both essential to good creative writing, but it can be hard to make your characters and their speech jump off the page. Through discussion, examples and a range of activities, this workshop will help participants develop their ability to create the kinds of characters readers – and writers – want to stick with for the long haul.

Brooke Dunnell

Brooke Dunnell’s short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, Westerly, Meanjin, Etchings, New Australian Stories 2 and other anthologies, and has been shortlisted in the 2017 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Brooke judged the 2017 Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose and is a past PCWC Writer-in-Residence. She has taught on a range of writing topics for both children and adults, and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia.

Title: “Capturing Character and Doing Dialogue: A Workshop for Prose Writers” with Brooke Dunnell
Date: Saturday 27th July 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.

Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography with Josephine Taylor

In this workshop, Josephine will outline the different forms of life writing, and explore how real-life experiences and creative writing techniques can be used to write effective and memorable memoir, autobiography and biography. Participants can bring draft auto/biography, but we will focus mainly on life-writing exercises, with feedback and with tips galore. Participants will discover how much fun it is to write a life!

Josephine Taylor

Josephine Taylor is a writer and freelance editor from Perth, where she holds the following positions: Associate Editor, Westerly Magazine (UWA); Adjunct Senior 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 working on a book-length manuscript. Josephine teaches in the areas of creative writing, editing and Australian fiction. Her workshops are informative, vibrant and fun.

 

Title: “Writing Memoir, Biography and Autobiography” with Josephine Taylor
Date: Saturday 1st June 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

Unfortunately this workshop is now booked out!

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.

 

Who Speaks: Understanding Point of View with Susan Midalia

“Who speaks” in a story – the point of view from which it is narrated – is a crucial element in the creation of a memorable short story. A story can sometimes be improved by changing or modifying its point of view; by using dual or multiple points of view; by changing the voice of the narrator. Discover the wonderful affects you can achieve by playing around with point of view.

Susan Midalia

Susan Midalia is the author of three collections of short stories, all shortlisted for major literary awards: A History of the Beanbag (2007), An Unknown Sky (2012) and Feet to the Stars (2015). Her first novel, The Art of Persuasion, was published in 2018 and has been extensively and favourably reviewed in national newspapers and journals. Susan has a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction, and has been a workshop facilitator over many years. She is the chairperson of the 2018 Australian Short Story Festival.

Title: “Who Speaks: Understanding Point of View” with Susan Midalia
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.

Trouble is Our Business: Writing Crime Fiction with Guy Salvidge

This workshop with crime fiction author Guy Salvidge will interrogate a line-up of shady crime fiction suspects, including:

The Past is an Evil River – historical precedents including Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith and Jim Thompson.

The Art of Plotting Murder – how to start with a bang and keep the tension rising.

Criminal Characterisation – motivations and foibles for protagonists and antagonists alike.

Quick Deaths, Prolonged Deaths – the crime short story versus the crime novel.

Murder She Wrote – contemporary female crime authors like Megan Abbott and Candice Fox.

Guy Salvidge

Guy Salvidge’s intermittently award-winning fiction has squirreled its way into such esteemed publications as The Great Unknown, Westerly: New Creative, Award-Winning Australian Writing and Stories of Perth. His post-apocalyptic detective series, The Dying Rain and Other Forays into the Bramble Noir, was long-listed for the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. When he’s not writing, Guy moonlights as an English teacher in rustic, rural Western Australia.

Title: “Trouble is Our Business: Writing Crime Fiction” with Guy Salvidge
Date: Saturday 7th December 2019
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.

Scavenge! An Introduction to Found Poetry with Sanna Peden

Poetry is everywhere, all it takes is for someone to write it down – or, to erase the bits that aren’t poetry. In this workshop you will learn to excavate poetry from sources that may not seem to contain any at first glance, and develop your poetic instincts in the process. The workshop is suitable for writers of any level who are interested in experimenting with different kinds of poetry, or who want to learn how to find inspiration faster.

Sanna Peden

Sanna Peden is a lapsed academic and recovering writer with an interest in character, research and performance. Sanna is a regular reader in Perth’s spoken word world; her poetry has appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Visible Ink, Westerly and is forthcoming in the Poetry D’Amour anthology. Sanna has taught writing, public speaking and research skills for several years at the University of Western Australia.

 

Title: “Scavenge! An Introduction to Found Poetry ” with Sanna Peden
Date: Due to unforeseen circumstance this workshop will be rescheduled to a later date.
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.

Science Fiction Writing with Shane McCauley

Explore the outer limits of your imagination in this exciting, practical and enjoyable Science Fiction Writing workshop with Shane McCauley. Be prepared to encounter exhilarating and possibly disturbing aspects of the future via consideration of masters of the genre, as well as sharing your own views with like-minded others and participating in (legally) mind-expanding creative exercises. Learn how to adapt the elements of fiction – characterisation, plotting, style, point of view – to a genre which shows no sign of declining in popular appeal.

 Shane McCauley

While better known as a prize-winning poet who has had eight books and over 1300 poems published in national and overseas journals, Shane wrote his first SF story in a school exercise book in 1968, possibly when he was supposed to be studying something else. His first published story (Westerly, 1975) was SF and he published several more from the 70s to the early 90s. Since then he has focused more on poetry, but has never lost his love for the fascinating and always relevant SF genre. He has a MA (Hons) in English from the University of Sydney and is a retired TAFE and university lecturer, having taught Creative Writing, among other subjects, for nearly 40 years.

Title: “Science Fiction Writing” with Shane McCauley
Date: Saturday 9th March 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $38 for members, $48 for non-members
Venue: Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup.

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.