For the first time ever, acclaimed writer and storyteller Fiona McIntosh is taking her Writers' Masterclass out of Adelaide – all the way to the Gold Coast, where she will present her five-day masterclass in partnership with Storyfest.


Fiona McIntosh is the internationally bestselling author of commercial novels ranging across various genres both for adults and for children. McIntosh decided to become an author after attending a week-long fiction masterclass with renowned South African-Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay in 2000.

In 2012, just weeks before he passed away, Courtenay challenged McIntosh to continue his legacy of helping new and emerging writers in the early days of their journey.

Out of his encouragement, Masterclass was born, an opportunity for budding writers to not only learn the craft of commercial fiction, but to learn it from a master storyteller.

 Of the course, author Lauren Chater said:

“Masterclass is a game changer… Fiona’s energy and enthusiasm, her honesty and shared experience is just what a fledgling writer needs to make the transition from someone who thinks a lot about writing to someone who has a plan and a vision of their finished work. The whole experience is amazing; you will be transformed.”

Now, McIntosh is bringing her magic to the Gold Coast, where she will teach the art of commercial writing across five intensive and rewarding days. If you are an aspiring writer interested in getting your own book published, then you need to be there!

The winner of a fully funded Masterclass spot

Over the month of January, we had the opportunity to offer one lucky person the chance to win a fully funded position to this Masterclass. We received many applications, and we are delighted to announce the winner of this hugely coveted scholarship. Congratulations to Jade Reilly, we hope you will get a lot out of this experience and we’re looking forward to reading your own book in the future!

Register now for the July Masterclass

The Masterclass will take place on 7-11 July 2022. The course is nearly sold out, with only a couple of spots left – get in quick if you want to be a part of an exciting five days promising to show you the ins and outs of not only writing, but publishing a commercially successful book. If your resolution for 2022 is to write more, then this is the perfect opportunity! As an emerging writer, you’ll be sure to finish the experience inspired and motivated, with the right tools all available to you. What more could you want?

Finally, don’t forget to book your accommodation nearby using promo code 'STORYFEST'. We hope to see you there!

Find out more about the Fiona McIntosh Masterclass here!