- Tara’s first teen novella, Size of a Fist, was published in 2015 and nominated for two 2016 Saskatchewan Book Awards. The manuscript for her next novel won the 2016 City of Regina Writing Award.
Tara received her BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. While studying, she was the recipient of the CBC Jim Burt Screenwriting Award and the William Rea Screenwriting Fellowship. After graduation, she became a writer and story editor in film and television. An episode she co-wrote for CBC’s Edgemont was nominated for a Leo Award.
Her writing has been published in several Canadian literary magazines, and won Event Magazine’s 14th Annual Creative Non-fiction Competition.
Tara also has an MA in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University, and was the recipient of the Gabriel Dumont and Napoleon LaFontaine Graduate Scholarships from the Gabriel Dumont Institute. Her thesis, which explores her Métis heritage and identity, won the Public Ethnography Award from the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Public Ethnography. An article based on her thesis was published in Briarpatch magazine.
From the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, Tara spent her childhood years in Fort Qu’Appelle, her teen years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and much of her adult life in Vancouver, B.C., before returning to her home on the prairie.
- Fiction » Children's Writing—Young Adult
- Scriptwriting » Film, Television
- Size of a Fist. Thistledown Press (New Leaf Series), 2015
- Defining who is Métis: The Métis registry and politics of state recognition. Briarpatch Magazine, 2013
- Robson Arms, CTV, 2005-2006
- Story Editor.
A dramedy that peeks behind the doors and into the lives of residents in a once-grand low-rise in Vancouver's eclectic West End. The building is home to an unlikely collection of characters who – while they live under one roof – manage to occupy very different worlds.
- Edgemont, CBC, 2002-2005
- Writer and Story Editor.
A Vancouver-based teen drama that welcomed its audience into the vividly real world of high school life. From the jocks and the misfits to the dreamers and the girl-next-door, Edgemont chronicled all characters known to populate high school hallways, as they tackled the challenges of growing up.
Audience Age Groups
- Secondary School (10-12)