Allison Tait is an experienced and entertaining speaker for adults and children. She speaks on a wide range of subjects, including writing (for adults, for children), blogging, social media, work/life balance for writers, podcasting and more. Allison is also available to conduct workshops and seminars for adults on writing, social media, creativity and more.
Allison (A.L. Tait) speaks regularly in schools and at children’s literature festivals, presenting workshops and talks for children, with a focus on practical and useful tips and advice to inspire kids to have confidence in their own writing.
Allison’s 12-module online course for the Australian Writers’ Centre, the ‘Kids Creative Writing Quest’, is in high demand.
Appearances in recent years have included Singapore Writers’ Festival, Brisbane Writers’ Festival, Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Shoalhaven Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, Burdekin Readers’ and Writers’ Festival, Sydney Writer’s Festival, Somerset Celebration of Literature, Emerging Writers’ Festival (NSW Writers’ Centre), Digital Parents Conference, Problogger Event, and Open Access: Selling Your Book In The Digital Age (NSW Writers’ Centre).
Current workshops / Topics
Image Credit: Mick Elliot
- So You Want To Be A Writer?
- Social media success for writers and authors
- Blogging for authors
- Build Your Author Platform
- Writing… with children: how to have a family and a novel
- Making time to write (when you think you have no time)
- Get paid to write: the secrets of freelance writing success
- How to find ideas for stories – and what to do with them
- Find your writing superpower
- Mapping your story
- Unlocking The Story Code: 10 Keys To Writing A Great Story
- How to write fantasy
““Allison is a highly personable guest speaker. She brought enthusiasm, experience and expertise to her presentations as part of our Book Week celebrations.
Our Stage 3 students responded well and took away loads of practical advice to apply to their own writing.
One of our teachers commented post session, “Allison would be great to get back again; especially for a provocation to a writing unit. So many great ideas!”
It was a delight meeting Allison and learning more about her craft and her active involvement in the broader community.”
– Megan Light, Digital Literacy Leader and iCentreTeacher Librarian, Cranbrook School
“It was a wonderful experience having Allison as Quizmaster for the 2015 Readers Cup competitions in the Ipswich region. For someone who had never seen the competition before she did an amazing job engaging with the students between rounds, filling them in on her writing process and the inspiration for her book.
Afternoon visits to schools also provided students with more extensive knowledge of her writing process. The students showed interest throughout the session and seemed inspired to read more.” – Jenny Stubbs, Coordinator Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network
“It was a delight to have Allison on the Sydney Writers’ Festival program. She’s an engaging speaker, generous with her insights and knowledge about both writing and motherhood.
Her blend of inspiration and practical tips gave participants the means and the motivation to work towards their writing goals.”
– Jeanmarie Morosin, Head of Children’s Programs, Sydney Writers’ Festival
““Allison Tait is not only a talented author but was and still is an inspiration to the Year 3 and Year 4 students at Gerringong Public School.
She engaged them in the craft behind being a successful writer by sharing her journey and effective strategies on how to write a quality story.
Weeks after her visit to our school the students still recall and apply the ideas and suggestions she gave them.
At the students’ request we are reading The Mapmaker Chronicles as a class, and this is testament to the presentation Allison gave to the students.”
– Gila Adams, Assistant Principal, Gerringong Public School
“Children who live in far flung regional areas are often deprived of opportunities their city cousins take for granted. These kids devour the opportunity to listen, learn and engage with the writers of the books they read but never dream they may have the chance to meet personally. Allison Tait is one author who makes the dream a reality.
As a founding member and organiser of BRW Festival my job is made super easy when you have an Allison Tait on your guest list.”
Mickey McKellar, Burdekin Readers and Writers Association