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When The Student Is Ready, The Teacher Will Appear… (message from Fiona McIntosh)

15 emerging writers, looking for the ‘moment’ might like to consider the 5-day Popular Fiction Masterclass that I will be holding in Adelaide during April 2013.  Having experienced the epiphany and changing my life from corporate dweller to full time … Continue reading

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Discussion on Writing Fantasy Fiction (Somerset Writers’ Festival, Gold Coast)

The ‘Fantasia’ panel at the Somerset Writers Festival featured Michael Pryor, Fiona McIntosh, Ben Chandler and Kate Forsyth discussing writing fantasy. Ben Chandler had his first novel, Quillblade, published in 2010 by Random House. Quillblade is a steampunk adventure novel for teens … Continue reading

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King’s Wrath and setting up conflict

In Dwight Swain’s screenwriting guide Film Scriptwiting: A practical manual, he likened story conflict to target shooting, he suggested that bringing one thread of story conflict is like flinging one clay plate into the air – one is more interesting … Continue reading

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On ‘Crowns and Swords: The intertwined worlds of fantasy and monarchy’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. Historically, there have been many monarchies – from iron age, to medieval, to pre-industrial era, to contemporary monarchies. Monarchies can be a short hand so you don’t have to describe … Continue reading

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On ‘Thinking in Trilogies’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. Why trilogies? It was suggested that trilogies are partially publisher driven because it’s more commercially attractive to sell three novels rather than one. However, if this were the primary explanation … Continue reading

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On ‘Girl Meets Boy Meets Dragon: Romance in fantasy’

This article is based on a session at AussieCon 4. The discussion was focused mainly on romance with a little on fantasy elements such as vampires and zombies. Early in the discussion one of the panelists offered a simple version … Continue reading

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Fiona McIntosh – Author Interview

What was your highlight from AussieCon 4 and why? Throwing sweets at the audience!  Seriously, I’m not keen on that ‘them and us’ divide.  I really like connecting with the audience and I will always do my utmost to interact … Continue reading

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