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Published July 15th 2012
Three Great Writers Centres in Perth

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Have you ever finished a book and thought "I could write better than that"? Or maybe you want to record your life story for future generations.

If you're wondering how to start, joining a writers centre may be the answer. These centres provide help with instruction, support, inspiration and professional advice. Whatever your interest, from autobiography to science fiction and everything in between, there's one for you.

Each group is different, so take the time to visit their website, read their newsletters and possibly attend a workshop to get the feel of the organisation. Membership isn't generally required to participate but members get discounted access to workshops and other benefits.

Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia

Fellowship of Australian Writers WA
FAW WA

Founded in 1938 the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia (FAWWA) is the oldest group in the state. Based at Tom Collins House in Swanbourne, they offer occasional workshops, regular Time to Write sessions and social gatherings.

The FAW WA also sponsors a number of literary competitions including the annual Tom Collins Poetry Prize.

Annual membership is $55, concession $44. Half-yearly membership is $33

Bush Heritage Precinct next to Allen Park, Kirkwood Street, Swanbourne
9384 4771
admin@fawwa.org.au

Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre

KSP Writers Centre
KSP Writers Centre

The Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre (KSP) in Greenmount has a variety of focused groups including Speculative Fiction, Social History, Non-Fiction and two Young Writers sessions.

KSP offers a writer-in-residence program for established and emerging writers. Regular workshops are presented by members and the writers-in-residence. KSP also sponsors literary competitions including the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day fundraiser for Princess Margaret Hospital.

Membership is $55 single, $45 concession, family $65

11 Old York Road, Greenmount
9294 1872
kspf@iinet.net.au

Peter Cowan Writers Centre

Peter Cowan Writers Centre
Peter Cowan Writers' Centre


The Peter Cowan Writers Centre (PCWC) began in 1995 and moved to its current location on the Joondalup campus of Edith Cowan University in 1998. PCWC has monthly meetings and a regular Writing for Pleasure group among others.

As well as workshops, PCWC offers members the opportunity to read their work on a local radio station and sponsors several literary competitions.

Membership is $62, concession $47, family $77, group $107. There is an additional initial joining fee of $20.

Edith Cowan House Building 20
ECU Joondalup Campus, Joondalup
9301 2282
cowan05@bigpond.com
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