Fiona McIntosh

5-day Popular Fiction Masterclass for 2013

Last week I was fortunate to be involved as one of the tutors at Bryce Courtenay’s Final Masterclass in Canberra. It was a sensational week for participants. There was laughter and there were tears…and a lot of talent was on show and between Bryce and all the lecturers we got the very best out of the group. It seemed this group left us feeling confident and motivated about their manuscripts and are now working hard on their novels. So proud of them! Bryce was brilliant – as he always is – and he publicly passed the baton to me as he sadly is not in a position to host any more of these often life-changing weeks.

This is Bryce's lucky talisman. He has worn this sweater while writing each of his 23 doorstop blockbusters. (thanks to Juliet Sampson for this image)

When I think of when I attended an identical week of learning with Bryce 12 years ago in Hobart, I certainly experienced an epiphany and changed my career, changed my whole destiny as a result. I’ve never regretted following my dream and now 25 novels later and selling around the world I realise that all I needed was the catalyst.

Some wise soul said to me a few days ago when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I think this was true for me a dozen years ago and for the Canberra group that graduated from Bryce’s final class last week.

So, keeping my promise to him I am planning the first of the professional Masterclasses for April 2013 during the Anzac Day Weekend, which is traditionally when Bryce would begin his new novel.

The class size will be restricted to 15. The aim of the week will be to prepare participants for success in their approach and the crafting of their novel; you will leave feeling highly motivated and I do hope inspired after an intensive few days that will cover all the key aspects of writing popular fiction. The first Masterclass will be held in Adelaide and students should plan to arrive into the city no later than April 25 for an early evening get together. April 26/27/28/29 will be working days and the final day will include a farewell lunch. For more details, please drop me an email via this site and I will respond promptly.

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  1. Pauline Niemirowski October 1, 2012

    Hi Fiona
    Next year is perfect timing as is the location. Funnily I was reading some of my writing last night and today this opportunity emerges. Luck me.

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    • Fiona October 1, 2012

      Thank you, Pauline. It seems as though the stars have aligned for you. Luck you, indeed. I really look forward to seeing you next April. I’ll keep you posted on all developments and have put your name against one of the 15 spots. Brilliant!

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  2. Sandra O'Grady October 1, 2012

    This sounds fantastic Fiona, I would love to get more information and put my name down for this class. Look forward to hearing from you.

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    • Fiona October 1, 2012

      Brilliant! I have replied privately to you Sandra but thank you publicly for leaping aboard so fast. The interest has gone through the roof but I have reserved you a place until you tell me otherwise!

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  3. Jenn J McLeod October 1, 2012

    Wow! I don’t know whether to be excited or cry. What an amazing honour for you. Fiona. I will be… Well I’m not sure really. My debut novel comes out at that time next year so I will be a tad busy, me thinks! So, wishing you all the best and to the lucky 15 – soak it all up. I will be looking forward to hearing about the successes from the 2013 crew.

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  4. Belinda Dorio October 1, 2012

    Hi Fiona, my name is Belinda. I heard about this through Auslit whom I’ve worked with quite a bit. Would love some more info, sounds great :-)

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    • Fiona October 1, 2012

      Hi Belinda – thank you …. I’ll write to you this evening. F

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  5. Alison Stegert October 1, 2012

    HI Fiona,
    I’d love more information about this opportunity.
    Thanks,
    Ali

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  6. Jacob Carrieri October 2, 2012

    Hi Fiona,
    I was just wondering if there will be more Masterclasses in the future? I would love to go but I don’t think I’m ready just yet.
    Thanks,
    Jacob :)

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  7. Lea Nikolic October 3, 2012

    H Fiona, These opportunities are few and far between. I’d also appreciate more information. Cheers, Lea

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  8. Josephine Firns October 3, 2012

    I just completed Masters in Creative Writing at Adelaide Uni. I’ve come to owning my hunger to write late (just turned 62) and am discovering the hunger is increasing. A friend went to the US this year and did a 6wk program with Odyssey and I can see the improvement in her work. Looking for similar inspiration, knowledge intensive and resultant growth spurt for myself. Thanks for the opportunity you are offering.

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  9. Sue Pary October 3, 2012

    Hello Fiona,
    I would like to attend your workshop. I’ve written to you via your website but also want to say what a wonderful opportunity you are giving other writers. PLease send me further details to enrol.
    Thank you in anticipation
    Sue Parry

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  10. Ross Hamilton October 5, 2012

    Oh no. The Anzac Weekend clashes with the 2013 National Sci Fi Convention in Canberra. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

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  11. jessica bean October 9, 2012

    hi fiona,
    i missed the last one so it would be wonderful if i could get some information about this one please. im excited already :-)

    jessica

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