News & Updates

2014 Milmeray Writers Retreat Weekend
17-19 October 2014 
with facilitator Ken Spillman

The Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

Now open for entries.  The competition closes on 3rd October 2014.  Entries must be received in our email box ( or postmarked by this date.

October 2014 Writer in Residence Events 

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

Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

This competition is now closed and the place getters will be announced at our Gala Day on 6 September 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. 


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

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