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!


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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