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Group 1 and Group 2 Fiction Work

TWI Fiction Group 30th June 2018

TWI Fiction Group 1

‘Keeping your readers’ interest’

Please bring along your own, or other writers work to show differing techniques.

TWI Fiction Group 2 will discuss The Editing Process
The meeting will consist of:
The editing of a piece of unknown work

The editing of a page or two of their own/each other’s work.

It will be helpful if each participant can bring a page or two of their own work

White Woman Black Heart


151 Abbott St Cairns 12md Friday 20 April 2018



Lucky door prize! (Bring your business cards to go in the draw)


Meet the author Barbara Miller and get your paperback

White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon, A Memoir

This is a highly engaging and inspiring memoir. At its centre is the story of Mapoon which has all the elements of a great drama with the violent expulsion of the community in 1963 and their triumphant return eleven years later. As the author explains she came almost by chance to be at the very centre of the drama which in turn dramatically changed her life. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in political and social change over the last 50 years.

Professor Henry Reynolds, FAHA FASSA University of Tasmania, eminent historian

and award-winning author of numerous books.


Barbara Miller has written this book, a continuum to the trilogy of the Mapoon books and towards the modern history of the western Cape York region. It is a testimony to the endurance and resilience of the people of the district and the determination of the people to return to the land of their forefathers.

Ricky Guivarra, former Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Councillor


Book Launch

TWI -Our Public Anthology Launch

Thanks to everyone who attended, supported and helped in out Public Anthology Book launch.

It was a most enjoyable time.

A special thanks to our Patron, Stephen Torre BA PhD Qld for his encouraging words and comments. We cannot forget our readers who did such a splendid job in bringing their stories to life, Sally, Heather, and Carol who spend many a long hour compiling those stories into book format ready for publishing.

A New Book from Denise Petersen

A new book by Helene McCarthy

Click Here for Amazon sales

A historical romance set amongst the building of the Kuranda Railway. Get immersed in the courage of the men who built the railway and their

families who supported them and the women who dared to love them.

Courageous Hearts is now available on Amazon.

A new book from Phil Dowsett


Click Here for Amazon sales


Set against the backdrop of the rugged Kimberley landscape of Western Australia, a young bi-sexual man experiences the deepening love for a young woman and is drawn into a conflict he wants no part of. In December 1968, Luke, a university drop-out travels to the Kimberley to work on a cattle station, and is mentored by Donald an older Aboriginal stockman. He enters a world totally alien to him where tensions are on the rise between cattle stations and mining exploration. Luke is saved by Donald from death in a cattle stampede, and then starts a job as a coxswain for an old seaman delivering supplies to coastal settlements. Into Luke’s close circle come two people, Jason a young government bureaucrat, and Miranda the daughter of a diamond exploration company executive. Luke is drawn closer into Donald’s life and culture while his deepening love for Miranda challenges his easy relaxed bi-sexuality. Mired in the conflict between Miranda’s father and a cattle station owner, Luke fails to keep a personal promise to Donald that has shocking consequences.

New Shoots Masterclass:

Our 30th June meeting features
Our Writers Book Sale

This meeting, we invite writers to sell their books at our member’s book sale.

Book your place now.
Each seller will be asked to give a 3-minute talk about their books. (three minutes for all books)
Please email
to book your place.

A New book from Lenka Wagner

Tommy and Friends to the Rescue

When strange creatures turn up at the meadow, Tommy watches as his world is transformed from a peaceful forest he loves to an ugly place full of hidden danger. Can Tommy and his friends come to the rescue and make the forest a safe place again?

The story tells of Tommy’s first encounter with humans as he witnesses their careless behaviour when they visit the countryside. It gently explores the danger littering has on our natural environment and its inhabitants. It also shows that even though you may be small and insignificant you can accomplish great things.

Tommy and Friends to the Rescue is the second book in the Tommy series.

This book is suitable for children aged 4 to 7.

For further details, visit

Available from Jabiru Publishing at www.jabirupublishing/bookstore and Collins Booksellers, Smithfield.

Short stories for Heinz

We received a lovely letter from Ozcare thanking us for the short story contributions Heinz collates into a  booklet for their members to enjoy. A very professional product.

Heinz is always looking for stories to include, so please forward any you have to Heinz at my email



Anthology Launch

What a fabulous day!
Anthology Launch and Christmas Party.
Our thanks to all the readers and to the RSL for offering us their room and making such mouth-watering food.
Books are still available
at $20 a copy.
We sold over 100 copies, so stocks are limited!
The Anthology
Photo’s C/O Celia Berrell

Great attendance for Book Launch

What a wonderful attendance for our local author and member, Dave Hodges and his historical fiction book about the 1921 Mt. Mulligan Mining disaster ‘Little Miss Muffet’

It was so good to see so many members attending his launch.

To view Dave’s presentation Click Here



Tropical Writers Committee Nominations for 2018-19


Dear Members,


The Tropical Writers Inc. committee is elected each year at our AGM (Annual General Meeting) in July each year. This is your opportunity to be involved with the running of the club and have your say in its future planning and direction.


In order to comply by the rules of incorporation and to aid in planning for the AGM, the committee seeks nominations in writing.


If you are interested in nominating for any of the positions listed below, please contact by the deadline, Wednesday,  18th July.


*If you cannot attend and wish to vote by PROXY, please complete the necessary section.

We would like to thank the current committee for their efforts.

Robyn Kienzie President
Dave Hodges Secretary
Dave Hodges Webmaster
Lenka Wagner Treasurer
Sally McDonald General Committee Member
Heather Farmer General Committee Member
Peter Barker General Committee Member (Interim)
Des O’neill General Committee Member (Retired)
Carol Libke General Committee Member (Retired)


Please see the last email for form. or Click Here 


Book launch

Irene McInerney: Down by the Sandy Gardens


Down by the Sandy Gardens

When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

Born and raised in the countryside of Kilmaley, amongst the hills of County Clare in the west of Ireland, Irene apparently lives an idyllic life. Yet, unseen by the outside world, her life, and that of her siblings, is forever marred by the whims of an irrational mother who, in an arranged marriage, married not for love but for fortune. This forges a strong bond between Irene, her two brothers and sister, which sustains them through the difficult times.

Reaching puberty at an early age—before the end of primary school—Irene struggles through a brief stint at boarding school. Then, at the age of fourteen, she falls in love with a man more than twice her age. This leads to a parish scandal and, years later, to a secret romance that is thwarted by a jealous friend.

Introduced to the corporate world when she is employed as a secretary, Irene moves to the city. She seeks love, though nothing lives up to her past experience. She continues to struggle to meet her mother’s expectations. She endures a troubled life, discovering what love really means when she is reunited with her original sweetheart. Unfortunately, this reunion is short lived. Her involvement with another man leads her to a dark place, and she has to make some difficult decisions. Her dark and troubled relationship careers into a hellish nightmare that changes her life forever.

An ancient land beckons.

New CEO for QWC

New QWC CEO Announced
The Management Committee of Queensland Writers Centre is excited to announce the appointment of Lori-Jay Ellis as Chief Executive Officer.Lori-Jay brings to the role a personal passion for the written word, along with a firm belief in nurturing, mentoring and developing creative talent, and proven leadership success in both the arts and corporate sector.

QWC Chair Leanne Dodd said an extensive national search had been conducted to identify the right candidate to lead the organisation through what is expected to be a growth phase, and to deliver a sustainable future for QWC and its members.

“Lori-Jay has a demonstrated track record of delivering sustainable financial performance and strong brand awareness,” Dodd said. “We are delighted to have the benefit of her varied experience in arts, government and corporate environments both here and internationally, and are confident that her strong values and experience will assist us to engage with our expanding markets and ensure QWC’s continued success in serving the needs of writers now and into the future.”

Born in Bundaberg, Lori-Jay has a Bachelor of Arts from Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is an active member of the Australian Society of Authors, Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of New Zealand (and of course QWC!). As a published speculative fiction writer, Lori-Jay has a solid understanding of international digital platforms and new writing models.

Lori-Jay commenced her career as an entrepreneurial film producer and writer in Brisbane. Following a role as CEO of a community arts studio in Sydney, she took on the challenge of managing a New York art gallery, before moving into a range of executive corporate roles, including work with the Dairy Farmers co-operative and SocialAble Ltd, an Auckland-based social media agency with a focus on creative contribution for non-profit clients. She has recently made a permanent return to Brisbane.

From winning first prize at the Bundaberg Art Show at age ten through to her present focus on storytelling and speculative fiction, Lori-Jay says her world has always revolved around the creative process: “I look forward to using my professional and creative experience in meaningful ways to engender a substantial contribution and a lasting, desired impact on Queensland’s writing ecology.”

Lori-Jay replaces outgoing CEO, Katie Woods, who leaves the organisation well-positioned for the future after the recent success of the award-winning 8 Word Story billboard campaign.

“The Management Committee would like to gratefully thank Katie for her time at the helm of QWC and wish her all the best for the future.” Dodd said.

Lori-Jay will commence as CEO from 16 April 2018.

Our Retreat

Tropical Writers Retreat Slides
 Saga Land author :

Dr Kári Gíslason


The gang Actively engaged in enjoying themselves.



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