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

Games and criticism »
Having loved games forever, Alayna accidentally stumbled into the games industry in January 2014, using her creative writing experience to write for a game for the first time. She truly cemented her position in the field in late 2015, after writing for several games publications, attending a handful of events as press, speaking at PAX Australia 2015 on two panels, and being offered a position teaching game design at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

From here, Alayna's involvement in game development, criticism, and research has continued, and her work in the industry is the culmination of her varied skills and interests. Alayna founded Queerly Represent Me, a not-for-profit focused on diverse sexuality, gender, and relationships in games, and now works as managing director of the organisation. 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. She is also working as a writer and narrative designer on a number of projects, is a regular writer for publications such as Hyper Online and FemHype, and has dabbled in production.

She has been nominated and short-listed for—and won—several awards for her work as a developer, journalist, and activist.

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, including a regular writing position with Hyper Online. She has used her non-fiction experience to publish a range of other reviews, feature articles, and even recipes.

Creative writing »
She is experienced in creative writing across a range of mediums, and holds a doctorate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her thesis explored 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.

Other services »
Alayna's additional services include editing, tutoring, and consultation. 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. Her experience with and research surrounding diversity in games make her an ideal consultant on these topics, and more.

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, and researcher
Key projects: Founder and managing director of 'Queerly Represent Me'
Education: Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing), Bachelor of Arts (English / SoSE), Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Games bio

Alayna Cole is the managing director and founder of Queerly Represent Me, a not-for-profit championing queer representation in games. Alayna works as a sessional lecturer in the Serious Games department at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and is an award-winning games journalist and game developer. She was featured on the 2016 and 2017 MCV Pacific 30 under 30, and the 2017 MCV Pacific Women in Games lists.

Academic bio

Dr Alayna Cole is a sessional course coordinator and lecturer in Serious Games at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She holds a doctorate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and has broad research interests, but is primarily focused on creating and analysing narratives that improve diverse representation, particularly of gender and sexuality. She is currently researching the representation of queer identities in games from the mid-1980s to present.

Awards and publications »
Press kits »

Photos and Images

I am lucky to have amazing friends with wonderful talents and a good eye for a perfect photo opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has taken my photo or drawn my likeness, and given me permission to use these images in my work. Here are credits for some of the photos and images of my face that you might across the internet.

All photos are available in higher resolution, upon request.

Brian Geritz
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