Mission Statement

To see North Queensland and in particular, Townsville, recognised as a vibrant hub of writing activity and creativity, by advancing writing and publishing opportunities in Queensland, for both emerging and established writers.

About the TWPC

The Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre is a resilient, accessible not-for-profit organisation sustained by our people, place and partners, and programs of creative writing practice and collaborations.

Our Values

· People

o Number of emerging and established writers

o TWPC members and their support

o Hard working staff and volunteers

o Passion for literature and the creative arts

· Place

o In a vibrant region of North Queensland with unique locals and visitors

o Place of historical relevance

o A creative community

· Partners

o Community, in particular businesses and volunteers

o Collaborations with local artists and writers

o Financial supporters and investors – government sponsors and donors

· Programs

o Local and financially accessible activities

o Quality workshops

o Stretching the boundaries of the imagination

o Engage communities to expand literacy


We will achieve our mission by:

· Providing opportunities for emerging and beginner writers to develop their craft and knowledge of writing.

· Enhancing member service to retain and grow our membership base.

· Promoting writing across North Queensland, particularly in the Townsville region.

· Strengthening creative partnership opportunities with practitioners of a variety of creative art forms to grow the literary industry in the region.

· Provide effective governance and sustainable financial management of TWPC.

The TWPC presents an annual program that includes:

· Training and development opportunities for children and youth.

o Scribblerz (for 8-12 year olds).

o Emerge (for 13-18 year olds).

· Opportunities for adults, catering for a range of genres and interests.

o Kids Literature (For both illustrators and writers of kids’ literature).

o Popular Fiction (Romance, YA, thrillers, crime).

o Scriptwriters (Focuses on film & television but also covers plays, radio, and game script writing).

o Speculative Fiction (Speculative fiction, fantasy, Sci-Fi, horror).

· Annual Writers Retreat

· Workshops run by the TWPC, Queensland Writers Centre, Australian Writers Centre, and other reputable hosts.

· Literary dinners for Queensland Writers Centre presenters

We support the literary community by:

· Creative supporter of the Biennial Savannah Writers Festival

· Supporting Literacy Awards and Festivals, including the Townsville Eisteddfod, Townsville City Libraries Short Story Competition and Townsville Literacy Festival, Celebrate Townsville, Colin Roderick Award and The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS), Sydney Writers Festival (with JCU and FALS).

· Supporting Townsville City Council and other community organisations to deliver services.

· Providing resources, including the Human Writes newsletter and online guides.

The Team

Chris Picone


Chris Picone is a freelance author who has had a number of short stories, poems, and articles published over the years. He has a broad range of experience in the industry, including work as a creative writing mentor, video game journalist, and writing consultant for a number of game developers. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (English) & Education (English/History) from JCU and is currently the chairman of the Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre. Chris established the TWPC Scriptwriters Group in 2019 and has been with the organisation since 2015 when he established Emerge, a creative writing group for teenagers.

You can visit Chris' author website here.

Ernie Bunt


Our mysterious treasurer. He's a fantastic volunteer from Volunteers North Queensland who has absolutely no interest in writing but earnestly wants to help such a great organisation. We wouldn't be here without his hard work and dedication.

You can visit the VNQ website here.

Anita Berry

Board Member

Anita is a proliferate writer across a range of genres. At present she is focusing on poetry and short stories with a focus on fantasy. Her one act play , A Question of Time, was performed by the then Tropic Sun company and she's had poetry and short stories published in anthologies that no longer exist, including those published by the now defunct Writers in Townsville Inc. (WITS). Anita has also self published two small anthologies: Starlight and Ashes and Visions of Splendour. Anita was formerly the president of WITS and is now a highly valued TWPC board member.

Katherine Carter

Board Member

Katherine Carter is our newest board member. She is currently studying Speech Pathology at James Cook University.

Terry Mullins

Board Member & Facilitator

Terry is one of our general board members and the facilitator of our Speculative Fiction Group. He holds a Bachelor of Educational Services, a Bachelor of Arts (History with Honours), and a Master of Arts (Writing). Terry has a long history in mentoring and has spent much of his time working as a tutor for school students and as a learning support tutor at James Cook University.

Rachel Armstrong


Rachel is a romance writer of contemporary fiction, rural romance and romantic suspense. As an active member of the romance writing community, Rachel brings all she learns to others by facilitating the Popular Fiction writing group.

In 2018, Rachel was the recipient of Romance Writers of Australia's Emerald Award for best unpublished romance manuscript.

Rachel contributes a lot of her time and skills to the TWPC. She is our webmaster, social media manager, technical support, and book publisher. Rachel formatted and published Scribblerz Anthologies 1 and 2 and the Infection Anthology.

You can visit Rachel's author website here.

William Walquist


Will Walquist has been a working filmmaker for 19 years and runs Revolution Productions. He primarily works as a cinematographer and director and works on everything from international documentaries to feature films as well as commercials. Filmmaking has taken Will on many amazing adventures to places like the world's largest cave, the Atacama Desert, Nepal, and most recently Vanuatu, where he shot a documentary atop the peak of an active volcano. Outside of attending film school at SFS in Sydney, he's also taken part in Robert Mackee's famous Story Seminar and has been accepted twice to the ACS Masterclass, where he's learned from the top cinematographers in the world. Will co-facilitates the TWPC Scriptwriters Group.

You can visit Revolution Productions' website here.

Mark Enders


Mark Enders has a Masters degree in Screenwriting. He has written short work for the stage and screen as well as numerous submissions to script competitions. Mark's produced works include short plays "The Diary and State of Emergency", short film "The Brisbane Bard" and "Solitaire", and a standalone television episode for Channel 31 in Melbourne. Mark has run the local film society Townsville Classic Films since 2013 and currently co-facilitates the TWPC Scriptwriters Group.

You can visit Townsville Classic Films' website here.

Matt B Lewis


When not wrestling wild BUNYIP’s in the Australian outback, Matt B spends his time writing and illustrating instant favourites, such as:

‘A Killer Whale can’t eat KALE!’.

Matt B is a welcomed guest at schools and creative events empowering children to be inspired through his foundational approach to the illustration process.

Matt B lives, breathes and creates in Queensland, Australia with his wife and two amazingly creative kids.

You can visit Matt's author website here.