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 @dreamupnowjournal


About Rayne (she/her)

Rayne Lacko is the author of DREAM UP NOW: the Teen Journal for Self-Discovery (Free Spirit Publishing, 2020) and A SONG FOR THE ROAD (SparkPress, 2019), and offers transformative keynotes on fiction writing and social-emotional learning for K-12 and adults. As an advocate for the arts as a form of social and emotional well-being. She believes music, language, and art connect us and explores those themes in her novels, guided journals, online courses, speaking engagements, and in service to arts organizations.

She’s helped writers and teens cultivate creativity in Writers Digest, School Library Journal, DIYMFA.com, ParentMap, and GERM. Her short fiction and poetry appear in Ariel Chart International Literary Journal, Gravel, Mixtape Methodology, and Skyline. Her story, “Like Father, Like Son,” won Best of 2015 for its category at Wordhaus literary magazine. Rayne edited an outdoor adventure magazine with an annual circulation of 2.7 million for 12 years.

As a writing mentor, Rayne has cohosted creative youth workshops, an annual writing camp, and a teen arts showcase. She inspires young people and their families to use creativity to stimulate positive change in their lives and communities. Passionate about communication and art, Rayne made TV appearances representing her former blog on new motherhood. For over a decade, she edited an outdoor adventure magazine. Rayne is a Canadian residing on a forested island in Washington, US. Rayne is married with two children and a noisy cat.

Rayne grew up in Canada, earning a Liberal Arts degree in Toronto, including a semester in Spain, and a Graphic Design Diploma in Vancouver; then attended UCLA’s writer’s program. She is pursuing her Master’s in Humanities in Writing and Social-Emotional Learning at Antioch University and Creative Writing at Harvard University.



Dream Up Now – Co-founder, Lead teacher
Teen Creatives Live – Founder
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers’ Workshop, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
Arts & Humanities Bainbridge Board of Trustees 2022
Bainbridge Performing Arts President – Board of Trustees; and Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra liaison 2018-2021
Pacific Northwest Writers Association Member
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Reading Opens Minds chose Radio Head as a book club selection
She Writes Member
Pongo Teen Writing Completed Training to Teach Poetry to Youth in Juvenile Detention
Kitsap Mental Health Services Certified to provide Mental Health First Aid to Youth