About Me & ME & ME & ME
About Me & ME & ME & ME
Do you need a storyteller and strategic thinker?
This is me: I revel in brainstorming, am happiest when I’m being creative, collaborating, and contributing to or developing a community.
My philosophy revolves around putting the user first.
Have challenges? I'll take them.
Creative Writing Instructor; Mentor
Editor; Small-Press Publisher
Author of poems, short stories,
Degrees & Certificates:
MFA. English, Creative Writing. University of Iowa
BFA. Media Arts. Pratt Art Institute
TEFL Certificate. Madrid, Spain
Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University
Maytag Fellowship, Iowa University
~50 credits in online & print publications
“Undertows” exhibition opening.
La Casa Amarilla, Málaga, Spain
Angle of Reflection anthology.
Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, CA
Hekayah—The Story spoken word event. New York University,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Advanced Writing Workshop
Creative Writing Studio
Graphic Novel & Poetry Comics
Visual Effects Assistant
Assistant to Co-Producer
Bump in the Night
Tim Burton’s Nightmare
The Secret Lab, Burbank, CA
Walt Disney Feature Animation, Burbank, CA
San Francisco, CA
Danger Productions, San Francisco, CA
Traveled to South & east Africa
Left (along with ~10k others) The Walt Disney Company
Graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
Moved from Burbank to Dubai, from Dubai to Madrid, from Madrid to Santa Fe
Sense of wonder
Sense of self
Sense and sensibility
Senior Copywriter, Content Strategist
User Experience (UX) Director
Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Series (disneyparks.com)
Year of a Million Dreams & Meet the Dream Makers (disneyparks.com)
Walt Disney World Next Gen (waltdisneyworld.com)
Editorial, copy and content
Search and research
Software: Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro); Microsoft Office; Axure RP
Job Titles (select):
Angle of Reflection anthology
Iowa Writers' Workshop t-shirts
Design & layout
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
For nearly a decade, she contributed to 8 of Disney’s premium dot-com brands——
Disney World; Disneyland; Disney Parks; Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney; Aulani Resort in Hawai'i; Shanghai Disney.
championed for the best user experiences (UX), while balancing business needs
strategized content placement and flow for new and redesigned pages
participated in product testing; helped develop costumer profiles for targeted sales and improved narratives
led copy team through evolutions of multi-million dollar website redesigns; initiated changes to streamline the production cycle; edited copy; established revolutionary site-wide style, tone, and defined copy templates
provided search engine optimization (SEO) content and metadata
She has experience creating and managing content for:
online games, video scripts, contests, tag lines, and brief and detailed descriptions for theme parks, attractions, restaurants, entertainment, hotels, shops, guest services, member-exclusive sections, and trivia pages.
> Education & Awards
Dina received two Fine Arts degrees: a BFA from Pratt Art Institute and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was awarded a Maytag Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was accepted at residencies in the countries of Georgia, Spain, and Wales.
While she lived in San Francisco and attended Stanford University on a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, she telecommuted full time to Disney's Burbank office, where she worked as an award-wining senior copy writer and content strategist.
Dina was a finalist in Poets and Writers' New Voices in California contest, a finalist in University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press chapbook contest, and has been the winner and/or listed as an honorary mention in national literary contests.
> Publications & Readings
Her poetry, poetry comics, and other work have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.
Places she's read (see images from select readings): bookstores; classrooms; theaters; universities; cafes; auditoriums; yoga studios; book fairs; literary festivals; art museums; galleries; and has read or will be reading in: Iowa City, IA; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, San Francisco, and other cities in northern and southern California; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; and in El Bruc and Málaga, Spain.
Dina was a co-founder and -host of a monthly reading series that started in Downtown Los Angeles and ended in Santa Monica, CA. The series featured Southern Californian and nationally known poets.
She taught creative writing at Stanford, the University of Iowa, and guest lectured for college-prep classes in Los Angeles. She was the managing director of TXT, conducted creative writing courses in Dubai, UAE and is now teaching creative writing courses in Madrid, Spain.
Once, Dina rode her motorcycle alone across the United States coast-to-coast and back. Once she summited Mount Kilimanjaro. Twice, she completed the Los Angeles marathon. For 3 years, she lived in Dubai, UAE, where she traveled to many countries.
Here's a non-gated gallery to more of her projects and accomplishments.