Killarney Story Weekend

Are you a writer, poet or storyteller?

Improve your skills, learn more or get some tips to tell your story at our Story Weekend. Spend a weekend writing, telling and listening with our professional storytellers.

Led by published authors, Jan-Andrew Henderson and Anisa Nandaula, these sessions will give you the skills and confidence to create your own poetry and stories.

The weekend also features two events – the Writer’s Dinner and Performer’s Lunch – which are for all the community.

To book go to Trybooking.

Workshop Programme


Anisa’s workshops shall focus on writing, editing and performance. Participants will be encouraged to interrogate their story as a way of understanding themselves. Anisa will outline different literary techniques that you can use to breathe life into your words and touch people with your story. The performance aspect will help participants build the confidence to share their story passionately in a captivating manner. The workshop will enable participants to get to know each other deeply and feel inspired. 

Each of Anisa’s session will build on each other, though you can also choose to attend just one or a couple.

What you will need

Bring your preferred writing materials, pen, paper or laptop.

Saturday 6 Nov

Session One: Creating Poetry – each sessions to focus on a different type of poetry.

Session Two: Creating Poetry

Sunday 7 Nov

Session Three: Creating Poetry for Performance

Session Four: Performance

You will have the opportunity to perform your work for a broader audience at the Performance Lunch on Sunday.

Story Writing

Jan-Andrew’s workshops examine the writing process from creating a story, tips for story-telling, editing and performance.

What you will need

Bring your short story or even a novel, if you have one. Especially on Sunday. Or some story ideas you’re thinking about turning into a tale.

Note-taking is not required as Jan-Andrew will email participants an e-Book, summarising the content.

Saturday 6 Nov

Session One: Ten Steps to Writing a Story (Part One)

The nuts and bolts of putting together a story.     

Session Two: Ten Steps to Writing a Story (Part Two)

The web is filled with good advice on how to spin a yarn. But there are some tricks you may not know, yet are invaluable.

Sunday 7 Nov

Session Three: Editing a Story for Publication

You may have come up with a great idea but it still needs to be written well – whether you are self-publishing or trying to get a traditional publisher. This covers things like synopses, cutting, and formatting.

Session Four: The Reluctant Storyteller    

The twists and turns of life provide fuel for stories. Jan-Andrew discusses how he inadvertently became an author. What life experiences have you had that you think might make good stories?

Can’t decide which stream you would like to join? Mix and Match between streams to focus on your interests or enrol for workshops that suit you best! Event Numbers are limited.

The first workshop, Saturday morning, in each stream will be a perfect introduction to the concepts!

For more information call 0408 248 128.

To book go to Trybooking.

Session Times

Session One –  Saturday 6 Nov – 10am to 12pm (Includes Welcome event)

Session Two –  Saturday 6 Nov – 1pm to 2.30pm

Session Three – Sunday 7 Nov – 9am to 10.30am

Session Four – Sunday 7 Nov – 10.45am to 12.15pm

Community Events

Writers Dinner

All are invited to attend our “Writers Dinner” on Saturday 6 November, 2021, 6pm at the Supper Room, at the Killarney Showground. This event, with local MC Jo Brosnan, will give attendees the chance to have a bit of writing fun and meet some other participants. Our presenters, Anisa and Jan-Andrew, will also present a little about themselves and their work.

Performers Lunch

Join the poets, writers and tellers for lunch and open mic on Sunday 7 November from 12.30 pm. Venue: Killarney Senior Citizens Centre. This is an open mic event and others are welcome to register to perform. Please call 0408 248 128.

Download the full programme.


Full weekend (Four Workshops, Lunches, plus Writers Dinner): $150

Single workshop (Includes Lunch before or after): $40

Writers’ Dinner, Saturday 6 November: $40 Adults, $30 Concession, $20 Children

Performers Lunch, Sunday 7 November: $20 Adults, $10 Concessions/Children

We have a number of sponsored places available for these events. Please contact the organiser for more information.

How to book

Bookings for the weekend or individual activities are available through Trybooking.

Our Presenters

Anisa Nandaula – is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner-up for the Australian poetry slam championships. She won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize and performed poetry at the Sydney Opera house. She shared her work on Channel 10 and had a viral video with 200 thousand views around the world. She has published a book and toured the country. Now setting her sights on stand-up comedy, within her first 6 months of stand up she became the Sunshine Coast Laughable Comedy Champion 2020, won the Giggle Room Comedy Competition and won the audience favourite at the Good Chat Brat Pack Comedy competition finals.

Jan-Andrew Henderson (J.A. Henderson) is the author of 33 children’s, teen, YA and adult fiction and non-fiction books. He has been published in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Europe by Oxford University Press, Collins, Hardcourt Press, Amberley Books, Oetinger Publishing, Mainstream Books, Black and White Publishers, Mlada Fontana, Black Hart and Floris Books.
He has been shortlisted for thirteen literary awards in the UK and Australia and won the Doncaster Book Prize and the Royal Mail Award – Britain’s biggest children’s book prize. He runs The Green Light Literary Breakdown Service, offering advice and editing to budding writers.
He is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors, an industry assessor/mentor for the Queensland Writers Centre, an ambassador for Australia Reads, a peer assessor for the Australian Council for The Arts and a convenor for the Aurealis Awards.