News & Updates

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 14th of June 2014.

Applications close on May 23, 2014.

NEW WORKSHOP SERIES - Memoir, Biography & Life Writing
An eight part series of workshops with Dr Maureen-Helen Sundays 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

Keeping the Imagination Alive Workshop
A three hour workshop with Kevin Gillam
Saturday, 28 June 2014, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

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

2014 PC600SS Competition - CLOSED
The 2014 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition is now open for entries! Entries close 11 April 2014

Launch for Other Voices, a collection of short stories
Saturday, 8 February 2014
3.45 pm for a 4 pm start!

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


About Us

Founded in 1995 in Western Australia, the non-profit organisation, Peter Cowan Writers' Centre (PCWC) began operation as the Northern Writers' Association.

Early in 1998, Edith Cowan University set aside a place for the centre in the newly reconstructed Edith Cowan House (pictured above and right) at its Joondalup campus.

Our Name

The centre is named after Peter Cowan, one of WA's most esteemed writers and academics.

The grandson of Australia's first female parliamentarian, Edith Cowan, he was renowned for his short stories, a tradition perpetuated by the PCWC. He passed away in 2002.


As a not-for-profit community organisation, PCWC highly values its partnerships with government and non-government funding organisations. These include:

ECU City of Joondalup Lottwest

Copyright 2009 Peter Cowan Writers' Centre