Mini Masterclass

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This is a pared back version of the 5-day intensive commercial fiction masterclass. The informal surrounds of the Clare Valley in SA’s mid north adds a laid back, unpressured format for 10 writers only so lots of one on one time with Fiona and a chance to discuss life, stories and writing. Three wonderful days amongst the vineyards.

Bookings for Mini Masterclass 2021 are full for winter 2021 but will soon open for 2022.  Please enquire to for more information.



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McIntosh Books is thrilled to announce that mini masterclass is going on the road.  Its inaugural event will be held in Hobart during winter 2021 and at this stage we’re looking for a maximum of eight writers to work with over a three day weekend during July.

For more details, please contact Fiona soonest to avoid disappointment on

Images: our mini classroom and the inaugural mini masterclass cohort for 2017 and the happy gang from 2018. Here’s what some of them had to say after our weekend together:





Thank you soooo much, Fiona McIntosh for such an inspiring, heartfelt, entertaining and thoroughly wonderful three days. I loved every minute of it – even when I was ready to throw it all in because I know now that that was a huge turning point for me. Caroline Dunn, SA




I have just returned from three beautiful days in the Clare Valley for the inaugural Mini Masterclass  in novel writing by Fiona McIntosh.  You will find the word “inspiring” featured in most of the testimonials. And it was. It inspired me to start writing and taught me a lot about how to help the reader inhabit the world of the characters, about making characters entertaining, about character development and increasing tension and drama. Other benefits are the one-on-one critique of your work by Fiona and her contacts in the publishing world.  This Masterclass is definitely worth the price of admission.  As an added bonus, we had a gorgeous setting in a vineyard and delicious local produce served for morning and afternoon teas and lunch. What’s not to like?  Dr Heather Parker, QLD

Before I attended Fiona’s inaugural Mini Masterclass I was a complete novice who had struggled to write 10 pages in 6 months. Well, Fiona’s Mini Masterclass delivered everything I had hoped for and more. Fiona is a brilliant teacher and guide. Inspiring, passionate and professional. She’s generous with her praise and insightful with her constructive critique. She covered all the key building blocks of what is required for a successful commercial fiction novel, as well as her trade secrets for delivering a novel that truly sparkles – and most importantly sells!  Also, because we were a small group away in the stunning Clare Valley, I found we really bonded and are happily supporting each other post class. Oh, and I most mention the food was bountiful and delicious too. I highly recommend Fiona if you want to put your foot on the accelerator when it comes to your writing.   Justine Dale, WA

Before Mini Masterclass I was feeling lost and uncertain about my writing, but 3 days with Fiona changed everything – my writing, my skill set, ME! Fiona’s Mini Masterclass delivered on many levels; Fiona was inspiring, generous, informative (her knowledge is amazing), she faced our challenges head on and shared with humour and honesty. We were a mixed bag – from the writer who had not yet put fingers to the keyboard to those who had an enviable word count, but we all left united with not only motivation and a clear direction but the tools to move forward and bring our stories to life.  I am so thankful that Fiona McIntosh is running these classes, and that I had the guts to join the group and put myself out there. Masterclass, is the only way to go!   Carolyn McCarthy, QLD

Are you like me and love words and books and have always wondered if somewhere in you lurked a novel? Then do what I have just done. Mini Masterclass. You couldn’t be in safer hands and Fiona has a magical way of unearthing your latent talent. She is so generous sharing freely knowledge and experiences and giving you the best possible chance of being published. I know this 61 year old will never look back. I just wish I had done this years ago. PS Be like a sponge and open yourself up to your group – they will become your  strongest support crew.  Bindy Whyte, NZ

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