Rayne Lacko is the author of A SONG FOR THE ROAD, and DREAM UP NOW: the Teen Journal for Self-Discovery, and offers transformative keynotes on fiction writing and social-emotional learning for K-12 and adults.

Nonfiction. Self-guided journal for teens. Arts-based, social-emotional.

I love how it can really teach students how to express their feelings.” —Stephanie Filio, M.Ed

Fiction. YA, coming of age.

A sweet, twangy tale about a boy finding his future on the way to his past.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Diligence, professionalism, sensitivity to diversity, critical and creative thinking in writing for young audiences.” —Dr. Latonya Evans, Clinical Psychologist

FREE DOWNLOAD! 

The Leader’s Guide is a companion to the book Dream Up Now: The Teen Guide for Creative Self-Discovery. Tips on guiding the activities, how to use Dream Up Now with teens who are working individually or in a small group, a free template for conducting a group circle meeting, and key considerations for working with teens as they explore and share emotions. Download the guide to get started today.

Programs - Live Training & Online Courses

Leadership Asynchronous online course.

Love yourself and treat yourself to a dream career!

When you were a teen, was there one special teacher, coach, or parent who believed in you — who really listened and tried to understand you? 

LeadershipYour choice: Live, online training; OR live, in-person training; OR asynchronous online course.

This presentation will be of interest to educators of students in grades 6 through 12, school and district leaders, librarians, counselors and coaches, and curriculum directors. *Contents have been approved for PD in many schools, districts, and states and will provide a CE certificate. Length: 50 minutes.

FREE online mini-course! Learn to meditate

Meditation will help teens:

  • Increase self-confidence 
  • Ease anxiety
  • Greater self-awareness 
  • Foster kindness to self 
  • Improved brain function 

Make Art, Feel Good! 

Dream Up Now offers a safe space for creative self-expression of all emotions, both positive and negative. Every emotion is valid in this journal, and teens are encouraged to move from dark (negative) to light (positive) emotions.

Online, synchronous 6-week transformational workshop for teens ages 12-18.

Speaking

Dream Maker, award-winning author, arts advocate and non-profit leader, Rayne Lacko helps children and adults struggling with difficult emotions to change the way they see their world using their natural creativity. Rayne is an in-demand facilitator leading arts-based workshops to transform emotions from darkness into light. A former magazine editor for over 15 years, she also helps aspiring professional writers elevate their craft. Rayne is a passionate mentor for self-expression, earning degrees in Liberal Arts, Creative Writing & Leadership, and Graphic Design in Canada and the United States. She inspires others to dream up the life they wish to live, building the confidence to achieve their goals.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.

In-person or online. Customized to your group’s needs. Synchronous.