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. Connect on Instagram @raynelacko.

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Here’s a fun and easy way for teens to set (and achieve!) their goals in 2022. 

Educators, parents and counselors, click the link for clear directions and a free goal-planning activity ❤ 

*Stressed Out Teens? How to Help Teens Set Goals That Feel Good* https://freespiritpublishingblog.com/2022/01/04/stressed-out-teens-how-to-help-teens-set-goals-that-feel-good/

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


How do YOU feel, right now? Follow the arrows to find ideas for where to start in your Dream Up Now journal.

Fiction. YA, coming of age.

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


A Song For The Road (SparkPress, 2019)“This is an entertaining tale about love and family and how it looks a little different for everyone.” —The Eric Hoffer Book Awards

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Get certified to lead social-emotional workshops with teens! Asynchronous online training. Learn more in PROGRAMS

Literary fiction. Magic realism.

“A grittier version of Once, set in LA.” -William F. Aicher, A Confession
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Monthly online creative writing workshop for teens in grades 6-12.

Join YA author Rayne Lacko, and entertainment writer/teen librarian Gem Seddon for our 6th year of Teen Writers Workshop! A safe, open space for all persons, and all writing levels and genres. Our workshop meets on Zoom on the second Monday of every month. Click EVENTS for time and Zoom link!

Creative Ways to Help Students Manage Their Emotions

Available as a live, interactive webinar or in-person training OR as an asynchronous online course including downloadable SEL activities. Click PROGRAMS to watch the replay!