Allison Tait, Presenter

Allison Tait is a freelance writer with more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing. During that time, her byline has been seen regularly in titles such as marie claire, CLEO, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Australia, Sunday Life, Spectrum (The Sydney Morning Herald), Essential (The Sydney Morning Herald), Weight Watchers, Australian Women’s Health, Voyeur, Qantas: The Australian Way, Madison, and Elle, as well as House & Garden, Belle, Vogue Living, Australian Country Style and more.

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. The Book Of Secrets, the first book in Allison’s Ateban Cipher series, is out in September 2017.

Allison has also written four non-fiction books, including Career Mums (Penguin Australia, January 2012), Credit Card Stressbusters (Wiley, 2009) and two ghost-written memoir/biographies.

Having held on-staff roles, from sub-editor to features editor to online editor, at a range of publications, including Vogue Australia, CLEO, and House & Garden, Allison has a breadth of industry experience, which she now shares at the Australian Writers’ Centre.

Allison blogs at

Twitter: @altait

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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

Presenter for:

Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1
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