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Author/Artist Taryn Skipper

Taryn Skipper started writing and illustrating picture books a decade ago after a previous decade selling commissioned art and portraits in watercolor and oil. She continues to write and paint, and has shifted focus to her novels while taking limited art commissions.

She’s written science fiction and fantasy novels for young adults, one of which won first place in the double-blind Storymakers first chapter contest. She is currently querying agents for representation for her YA sci-fi and writing a humorous book club/women’s fiction novel.

Taryn sits on the board of the Storymakers Author Guild as the President of the Whitney Awards, having served previosuly as webmaster for two years. 

She graduated with a double bachelors in Philosophy and International Studies with a minor in Spanish and concentrations in Logic and Russian. When she’s not writing or painting, she enjoys travel, practicing martial arts, rock climbing and hiking with her family in the breathtaking Colorado mountains around her. 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb 15

LTUE (Life, The Universe, and Everything) SFF Symposium 

  • Panelist: Jewelry for Worldbuilding
  • Moderator: Illustrations: Seeing through the Artist’s Eyes
  • Moderator: Looking for Group: Finding a Writing Support Network

Saturday, February 17


  • Panelist: Making Butt-in-Chair Time
  • Panelist: How to Run a Book Club
  • Moderator: Lipreading Isn’t Everything: Writing Deaf and HoH Characters 

Friday, May 10

Storymakers Conference

  • Class Instruction: Time to Get Creative: Productivity and Time Management for Writers

Whitney Awards Gala

  • Opening remarks

Saturday, May 11

Storymakers Conference

  • Panelist: AI for Writers
  • Mass Book Signing

 Past events include school presentations on writing and illustrating, readings, juried art shows, art nights, painting classes, and presentations on time management, AI for writers, etc.