News & Updates

Watch this Space for Writer in Residence Events
Watch this space for Writer in Residence Events for 2014.

Patron's Prize for Poets

The 2014 Patron's Prize for Poets results are in! 

Free guest author talk with Qaisra Shahraz
Guest Author Talk & Readings with UK Author, Qaisra Shahraz at PCWC

Saturday, 9 August 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Vivienne Glance
Create your own bite-size play, learn practical aspects of playwriting and hear your play read out in the final session.

Horst Kornberger

A Writer's Tale

A three hour workshop with Hort Kornberger

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this
workshop has been cancelled.

Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

This competition opened on 6 June 2014 and will close on 1 August 2014.

You can now submit your entry online.

Youths 12-18 years are encouraged to enter and due consideration will be given when entries show age and are signed by Parent or Class Teacher.

PCWC600SS Competition Results and Judge's Report

The 2014 PCWC600SS Competition results are in! 

Advance Writers Course - Applications Open

Enhance your writing style by learning from some of the best published writers in WA.

Now seeking applications from emerging writers for entry into this 11 part series commencing on the 12 July 2014.

Applications close on 18 June 2014.

Memoir, Biography & Life Writing

The first 4 sessions in an 8 part-series of workshops with Dr Maureen-Helen Sundays 1:30 pm-4:30 pm. Workshop 1 24th August, Workshop 2 7th September, Workshop 3 21st September and Workshop 4 5th October. 

Keeping the Imagination Alive Workshop
NOTE:  This workshop has been rescheduled - date to be advised, pending registrations 2014.

2014 Patron's Prize for Poets - CLOSED
Our patron, Professor Emeritus Andrew Taylor, invites entries for the 2014 Patron's Prize for Poets competition.

Volunteer Writing Facilitators Wanted
For our Saturday morning Creative Writing Group
10 am to 12 midday
See our advert for more info!


WELCOME EVERYONE! Writing for Pleasure 11/02/2012

The Peter Cowan Writers' Centre (PCWC) is a friendly non-profit organisation which strives to be supportive of new writers, provide pleasure to those who write for fun, and to be an alternative for those who take creative writing seriously.

It is located in the beautiful Edith Cowan Heritage House, nestled by the lake, on the Edith Cowan University campus in Joondalup. Please click here for a map of our location.

  • Member Meetings - these keep you up to date with what is happening at the Centre and guest speakers are invited
  • Gala Awards Day - share a lunch and hear the results of the following yearly competitions
    10 May 2014: PC600SS
      5 July 2014: Patron's Prize for Poets
      6 Sep 2014: Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose
      8 Nov 2014: Glen Phillips' Poetry Prize 
  • A fortnightly E-Bulletin provides information on competitions, writing events and opportunities on offer around Australia, with some overseas opportunities. 
  • A fortnightly E-News shares what's happening at the Centre
  • Members can be published in the in-house e-magazine which also features the prize-winning stories and poems from our four, annual national writing competitions
  • Members can read their material on 89.7 Twin City FM radio (bookings are required)
  • Writing Groups

O     Each Saturday between 10 and 12 a group of writers come together to write and read their stories during 'Writing for Pleasure'

o      First Thursday of the month between 12:30 - 2:30 pm - facilitated writing sessions

o      EPIC, for serious writers working on a large piece of prose, third Sunday of the month between 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  This is a closed group so contact us for more information.

o      Poetry Editing is currently suspended

  • Script writing courses are held once a year
  • Each year an interactive Autobiography and Memoir workshop is held on Sundays
  • Four  'blind' writing competitions are held every year and judged by well-known authors and academics
  • The Management Committee meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Centre between 5:30 - 7:00 pm - everyone is welcome to attend
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