Other Completed Courses: 

  • Susanna Leonard Hill's Making Picture Book Magic
  • Ann Whitford Paul's Writing Picture Books Live Course
  • Emma Walton Hamilton’s Just Write for Middle Grade and Chapter Books
  • Mira Reisberg’s and Hillary Homzie’s The Chapter Book Alchemist course through The Children’s Book Academy
  • Intensive Picture Book Course with Anastasia Suen
  • Picture Book Master Course Writing and Editing with Karla Valenti
  • Renee M. LaTulippe’s The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose with Poetry
  • Kristen Fulton's Nonfiction Archeology Course (picture books)
  • Mira Reisberg’s and Marsha Diane Arnold’s Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books course through The Children’s Book Academy
  • Andrea Brown Literary's Big Sur at Cape Cod May 2016 Children's Writer Workshop Weekend
  • SCBWI Workshop Tammi’s Top Picture Book Writing Secrets with Tammi Sauer and Janee Trasler
  • Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard’s Kid Lit Summer School: Building Characters
  • Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard’s Kid Lit Summer School: The Plot Thickens
  • Children’s Book Academy Workshop, Rules to Break and Make Your Picture Book with Ariel Richardson, Miranda Paul, and Mira Reisburg
  • Various webinars and SCBWI conference workshops on writing children's books

Alayne is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a speaker and presenter on the topic of kid lit writing. She had her debut SCBWI conference presentation in 2018 at the North Texas conference. She was an active participant in the 12 x 12 writing community for seven years. She's an annual participant in the Story Storm challenge and a member and participant of many other writing groups. She is the founder of Sub Six, a Facebook group intended for supporting and motivating picture book writers with their submission goals. In 2014, she launched the blog series ALL ABOUT SUBMISSIONS for which a team of experienced writers answers other writers’ questions regarding submissions and ALL ABOUT PLATFORM BUILDING. She was also a contributor to KidLIt411.com and a member of Marcie Flinchum Atkins' WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER blogging team who answered monthly questions about writing.

Alayne has been happily married for 40 years and has one adult child and one granddaughter. She currently resides in Texas.

Her award-winning chapter book Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy: Trying to Make it Rain (the first in the Sienna series) is widely available in bookstores, libraries, and online stores, including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the Blue Whale Press bookstore. To learn more about Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy: Trying to Make it Rain and the next book Cowboy Trouble click here.

Her award-winning picture book, Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa, is available in bookstores, libraries, and Amazon.com. It is also available at Follett Library Resources. For more information on Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa, art projects, and Alayne's story Making Peace with Being a Long-Distance Grandparent, visit butterflykissesgrandparents.com

Alayne Kay Christian
Award-Winning Children's Book Author
Alayne is available for school and library visits and speaking or readings at special events.

Alayne offers professional picture book manuscript critiques.

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Alayne Kay Christian is the former acquisitions editor and art director for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc. She shares more of her knowledge and tips for writers through Writing for Children Webinars and Courses. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer since 2014, and she worked as a 12 X 12 critique ninja for three years. Alayne is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature. In addition, she has spent the last eleven years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature.