History & Milestones

  • 2004: First Meeting of Tropical Writers
  • 2006: First Anthology published – Between the Leaves
  • 2007: Second Anthology published – Mangoes on Fire
  • 2008: Third Anthology published – Raining on the Sun | Inaugural Tropical Writers Festival – Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
  • 2009: Literary Lunch – Guest speaker Nigel Krauth
  • 2010: Tropical Writers join with with the inaugural Yungaburra Book Fair | Writers on the Waterfront Luncheon – Guest speaker James Phelan | Second Tropical Writers Festival – Shangri-La Hotel, Guest – Premier Anna Bligh | Fourth Anthology published – Cracks in the Canopy
  • 2011: First Writer’s Retreat – Guest speaker, Venero Armanno | Writers on the Waterfront Luncheon – Guest speaker David Hill | Fifth Anthology published – Category 5
  • 2012: Tropical Writers becomes Incorporated – now known as TWI | Writers on the Waterfront Luncheon – Guest speaker Kathryn Fox | Sixth Anthology published – Lost in Mangroves | Third Cairns Tropical Writers Festival – Rydges Tradewinds
  • 2014: Writing, Reading and Music with Seaman Dan at Rydges Tradewinds | Fourth Cairns Tropical Writer’s Festival – Rydges Tradewinds | Tropical Writers 10th Anniversary Luncheon at Marina Paradiso
  • 2015: TWI Literary Lunch – Guest speaker Peter Fitzsimmons at Donninis in the Hilton | TWI Literary Lunch – Guest speaker Di Morrissey at Donninis in the Hilton
  • 2016: Fifth Cairns Tropical Writers Festival – Rydges Tradewinds
  • 2017: Writers on the Waterfront Luncheon – Guest speakers Tammie Matson & Andy Ridley | Seventh Anthology published – Free Fall
  • 2018: Writers on the Waterfront Luncheon – Guest speaker Kari Gislason | Writers’ Retreat on the Atherton Tablelands – Guest speaker Kari Gislason | Sixth Cairns Tropical Writers Festival – Hilton on the Waterfront | Sundowner with Anne Summers – Guest speaker Anne Summers AO
  • 2019: Workshop with children’s author Mira Reisberg – Picture books | Seminar: How to become an Amazon bestseller with CT Mitchell | The Art and Craft of Short Story: a six week course by JCU Prof. Dr Stephen Torre | September: The separation of the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival and Tropical Writers Inc. is complete, while their partnership will continue for the future.
  • 2020: Eith Anthology published – Green Ant Dreaming
  • 2022: Tropical Writers Showcase (a showcase of TWI member writings), run in partnership with Cairns Libraries | Seniors Month: Leaving a legacy through memoir writing (a panel discussion session), run in partnership with Cairns Libraries
  • 2023: Ninth Anthology published – On Butterfly Wings | Official launch at the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival | 20 years of TWI Celebration & Anthology Launch II | TWI Presents: Places and People that inspire our stories (a panel discussion session) | Writers’ workshop with Bowerbird Publishing

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