Alayna Cole is a writer and academic, and is based in Queensland, Australia.

Creative writing »
She is experienced in creative writing across a range of mediums, and is currently undertaking her doctorate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is researching queer representation and how to disrupt the patriarchal, heteronormative traditions of the fairy tale canon. Alayna also has experience writing creatively for videogames, including treatments, scripts, and branching narratives.

Academic and non-fiction »
Alayna's non-fiction work includes academic papers and publications, as well as presentations at conferences and conventions about her research. In addition to academic non-fiction, Alayna is a games journalist who writes criticism for a number of publications. She also uses her non-fiction experience to write a range of other reviews, feature articles, and even recipes.

Games and criticism »
Alayna's work in game development, criticism, and research is the culmination of her varied skills and interests. In addition to developing and researching under her own name, Alayna designs games and alternative media at Horned Llama Studio, which she co-founded in 2016. In the same year, Alayna also founded Queerly Represent Me, a database and resource about the representation of diverse sexuality, gender, and relationships in games.

In addition, Alayna was the winner of the Jury Award and received an honourable mention for the Audience Award in the Serenity Forge Game Jam for her game, Enthymema. Alayna teaches game design in the Serious Games program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where their mission is to use games and technology to positively change the world.

Editing and tutoring »
As well as university teaching and lecturing, Alayna has had experience in a variety of classroom and one-on-one environments, and offers tutoring or consultation services. Alayna also has experience as a freelance editor, providing proofreading, copy editing, and structural editing services to clients.

Find out more...
For a full list of Alayna's publications and presentations, as well as awards and media, see her awards and publications summary.

You can contact Alayna by sending her an email, or a message via Twitter or Facebook. You can also find her on LinkedIn.

- Rami Ismail

Key facts

Name: Alayna Cole
Location: Queensland, Australia
Primary job title: Writer and academic
Secondary job titles: Narrative designer, developer, editor, tutor, journalist, critic, teacher, lecturer, researcher, and administration assistant
Key projects: Founder of 'Queerly Represent Me', co-founder of 'Horned Llama Studio'
Education: Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) [in progress], Bachelor of Arts (English / SoSE), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Awards and publications »
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