Taryn Bashford

Taryn Bashford


Speaker type

  • Author

Taryn is the author of The Harper Effect, a young adult novel published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Skyhorse Publishing in the USA. Her second novel The Astrid Notes was released in  July 2019.
Taryn lives in Brisbane with a family that includes teen children and a highly-strung dog, as well as characters from her latest book insisting they help make dinner. This can be disconcerting as Jacob is always sticking his fingers in the cheese sauce and Harper can’t cook. Taryn’s been an English Literature Honours student, an advertising sales rep and a CEO of an internet company, but she plans to write inspiring, engaging novels until the day she can no longer type. t dog
Taryn is fascinated by teens that surpass the norm. This is what she likes to explore in her writing, remembering that elite teens have flaws too. Now training for triathlons, Taryn is an adrenaline junkie and during her last writer’s retreat, found herself dangling on an abseiling rope 2000m from the ground.
Thanks to a desire to always be improving, Taryn is currently working on her PhD in Creative Writing.
Taryn is also the instigator of the new Friends Of Libraries Australia’s Book Feasts – For the Love of Reading. This is a grassroots campaign to create one voice to support our libraries by giving the local book-loving community the opportunity to feast on local authors, books, reading and writing. There'll be a side helping of 'Save our Libraries’' and plenty of time for wine, book chat and mingling. Book Feasts are set to roll out across Australia, and hopefully the USA too.




How to Write a Page-Turner using a Pogo Stick

Author Intention:

symbols, motifs, themes, word choices & more

Project Awesome:

How to have Self-Esteem as High as Harper – from feeling awful to feeling awesome.

Who Said That?

How to shake up Point of View and Narrators.

Playing with Words:

choosing the right words, moulding, playing, collecting to create the right sentences. Then how to create mind boggling sentences that lead to memorable paragraphs and stories.


The X-Factor Every Story Needs. How to find it, create it, & put it in your story.

Girl Power Strikes Back. FOR GIRLS:

People throw rocks at things that shine – how to set and reach goals like a girl.

Reverse writing:

Let’s over-write, write sentimentally, melodramatically and lazily. This exercise shows you how to write brilliantly, rather than tells how to write brilliantly.

Dialogue Diva:

Character through dialogue, classic mistakes, dialogue that brings characters to life.

For Writers

Creative Innovations

Let’s Shake up that Novel!: A unique insight into ways of writing your novel using innovative and unusual techniques. In today’s post-modern world, and in a market saturated with Middle Grade and Young Adult submissions, authors need to push the boundaries and shake up the usual methods that are tapped into when creating their ground-breaking masterpiece.

Author Platforms 

The Time Is Now: Nothing that speaks louder than an author’s writing, but the days of being an unsociable, rarely seen recluse that hides out in your writing cave. Many authors fear the terms “author brand” “author platform” and “social media”, but they needn’t. Come learn about the bare essentials of how to have an online presence, which should start well before you’re published, from a simple website to networking via social media.

Book Tours & Marketing

How to make them unique and meaningful: These days it’s very hard to stand out from the crowd, with new books being published every single week. Find out how to organise a book tour with a difference.

First Impressions 

Make them Count: Jump out of the slush piles with great query letters and First Pages.


  • Taryn's story writing workshop was jam packed with fantastic advice for budding writers and I know our students got a huge amount out of it. Taryn was engaging and generous, sharing her process and journey as a writer; she also tailored the workshop exactly to our needs. We were left with lots to unpack in subsequent lessons, and as a teacher it was also great PD.

    Brisbane Montessori School - September 2021

    Brisbane Montessori School - September 2021
    Taryn Bashford
  • It was a pleasure to have Taryn at our school, working with our Aspiring Writing group. The students were engaged and challenged to approach writing in different ways… many ideas for them to really think about throughout the sessions.

    Sunnybank State High School - October 2020

    Sunnybank State High School - October 2020
    Taryn Bashford
  • Taryn was an engaging speaker who visited our school as part of our Book Week 2020 celebrations. She encouraged our young students to enjoy writing and to find inspiration around them. Taryn taught them tips of the trade such as showing not telling and had students involved in dialogue language games. Students heard about the story behind her novel 'The Harper Effect', inspired by her meeting of a famous 16 year old international tennis star. CDSHS students gained insight into the writing process and learnt that there are no limits to our imagination.

    Cleveland District High School - October 2020

    Cleveland District High School - October 2020
    Taryn Bashford
  • Taryn is an amazing author and speaker. She knew just what to say and how to engage with the students. She showed a genuine interest in each story, as it was being developed and helped to show each student how they could improve.

    Gympie Regional Libraries - August 2019

    Gympie Regional Libraries - August 2019
    Taryn Bashford
  • Taryn engaged with the students and provided valuable strategies on how to improve dialogue in stories.

    Loreto College, Cooparoo - February 2019

    Loreto College, Cooparoo - February 2019
    Taryn Bashford
Taryn Bashford