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Tash – Creative Writing

After graduating from Nambour State High School, Tash jumped head first into the world of writing and internet media in 2011, when she created an online adventure and fashion magazine in her first year of a journalism degree at a Brisbane university.

She left university and worked full-time on the project, creating a print version of the magazine and launching it Australia-wide.

“It didn't work out due to unforeseen circumstances, but it did awaken an obsession within me for telling stories,” she said.

In 2016, she enrolled in USC's Bachelor of Creative Writing. Less than two years later, she had secured a publishing deal for an illustrated story about two war-torn lovers that she created as a university assignment.

Her debut book, Makeshift Galaxy, was released in print and online worldwide in January by Canberra-based publisher Odyssey Books.

“The book was a final assignment for a USC Creative Writing subject that required students to create an illustrated book proposal to suit industry standards,” she said.“That assignment, with just a few tiny tweaks, was the proposal that I sent to publishers, and it got me a book deal in less than a fortnight.”

Tash is currently completing an Honours program under the supervision of USC Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Ross Watkins.