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 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:

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

All Genre meeting (for writers of any genre, evening meeting)

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

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

o   Speculative Fiction (Speculative fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, horror).

o  Words Into Writing (all genre daytime meeting)

·       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:

Supporting and promoting:

·         Regional writing groups, literacy awards and festivals including:

o   the Townsville CityLibraries Short Story Competition,

o   Townsville City Council's Our Townsville and Beach Day Out events,

o   the Colin Roderick Award and The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS).

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

·         Providing workshops to local schools and other community organisations.

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

The Team

Anita Berry


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. Anita has also self published two small anthologies. She was formerly the president of WITS and is now a highly valued TWPC board member.

Lynn Scott-Cumming



Lynn Scott-Cumming is a visual artist and writer with 35 years’ experience. Lynn writes fantasy novels and likes to ‘paint with words’, bringing to life characters and scenes by using words for the sheer joy of them. She has a Master of Creative Arts from James Cook University.

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.

Barbara Strickland

Board Member & Facilitator

Barbara is a writer whose varied background provides endless creative material. She is a self-published author of romance with a family saga twist and aware of all the joys and pitfalls of independent publishing. Barbara also enjoys writing Japanese poetry and has had her work published in Australian, New Zealand and Canadian poetry journals. She’s a strong advocate for Australian authors, as her blog, Instagram and Facebook platforms demonstrate and is keen as a TWPC committee member to help rejuvenate the Townsville writing community, a community she believes essential to north Queensland.

Phil Heang

Board Member

Phil Heang has been on committees for the past twenty-five years. You’d think he’d learn not to scratch his head when they say, ‘Who wants to be on committee?’

He loves poetry. This started in grade two with an eisteddfod performance, about a giraffe. ‘Two little horns will be perched like fawns, at the very tip top, where he comes to a stop.’   

He’s self-published a book of poems, Just Some Poems thanks to encouragement form Anita Berry and Lynn Scott-Cumming. He is presently writing about larger-than-life characters met during his working life.

Linda Wright

Board Member & Facilitator

I grew up in the African bushveld surrounded by storytellers which forged my love for children's literature. We immigrated to Australia and settled here in Townsville in 1992. 

I have two short stories published in the Creative Kids Anthology and another was awarded a highly commended. I have self-published a picture book and am currently working on a YA novel.

I am excited to be a part of the TWPC committee and facilitator for the Kids Lit Group. Most days you'll find me sitting in the shade of a mango tree surrounded by five kids, three dogs and an untidy house where I conjure stories from my bowl of life.