Allison Tait

Allison Tait is the internationally published bestselling author of six novels. Also known as A.L. Tait, Allison’s first children’s book series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, has won her a legion of fans across the country, and is now available in the US, UK, and other territories around the world.

Race to the End of the World (The Mapmaker Chronicles #1) was shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015, was a Notable book in the 2015 CBCA Children’s Book Of The Year (Younger Readers) Award, and has been shortlisted for a range of children’s choice awards. Prisoner Of The Black Hawk (book #2) was shortlisted for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, and books 3 and 4 (Breath of the Dragon, Beyond the Edge of the Map) continue the bestselling adventures of The Mapmaker Chronicles.

Allison’s latest series, The Ateban Cipher, currently comprises two books The Book of Secrets and The Book of Answers, and continue Allison’s success with epic adventure stories. A regular speaker at writers' festivals in Australia and internationally, Allison teaches creative writing workshops for adults and children, as well as being the brains behind our successful online courses, Build Your Author Platform, Make Time To Write, 30-Day Creative Writing Bootcamp, and Creative Writing Quest for Children.

Allison has also written five non-fiction books, including So You Want to Be A Writer (co-authored with Valerie Khoo, 2019), Career Mums (Penguin Australia, 2012), Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies.

She is the co-host, of the top-rating So You Want To Be A Writer podcast.

Allison blogs at

Twitter: @altait



Allison teaches Creative Writing Stage 1, Make Time to Write, Creative Writing Quest for Kids, Build Your Author Platform, Creative Writing 30-day Bootcamp and How to Write for Children and Young Adults.

Some of Allison's books include:

Presenter for:

Creative Writing Stage 1
Want to write fiction? Want it to be amazing? Dive into a supportive environment of creativity, information and inspiration!
Creative Writing Quest for Kids
Embark on a storytelling adventure!
Build Your Author Platform
This powerful course is designed to help you build your personal brand, connect with readers – and sell more books!
Make Time to Write
How to get the words written and finish your book (even with a family and a full-time job)
How to Write for Children and Young Adults
Learn how to grab young readers’ attention with clever characters, structure, dragons and the occasional bottom joke.

Testimonials about this presenter

“Allison was excellent in answering all the questions I asked; she was so approachable! The content was brilliant! Well-presented, easy to follow and very thorough.”

– Rebecca Ray

“Allison was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. This was the first time I’d done an online course and I was worried it would be difficult for me as I’m a bit low tech, but I found it really easy. Even communicating with fellow students online was easy and felt quite friendly and connected.”

– Anna Farr

“The course was very practical and hands-on with lots of tips, which is exactly what I needed. Allison was excellent. She gave great feedback in a thoughtful and encouraging manner and she obviously took the time to look properly at our assignments. Being a teacher myself, I’ve taken on board some of her methods for providing feedback.”

– Samuel Huet

“Allison Tait taught me so much about how to construct a strong pitch tailored to a specific publication. The course boosted my confidence enormously, so that now when I email an editor with an idea I take the approach that I’m doing them a favour by offering them my skills as a writer, rather than feeling apologetic and awkward for taking up their time.”

– Ruth Dawkins

“Allison was excellent – I gained so much valuable information and insight from her. Thank you!”

– Liz Young

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