As a professional writer, editor, and writer’s coach who recently became TESOL certified (November 2016), I am thrilled to be able to bring my experience from the non-academic world into the classroom. I earned my Master’s Degree from Goddard College in Biography/Autobiography, and am passionate about facilitating English Language Learners on their path to communicative competence.
“Working with Dina was a real pleasure. Not only is she a talented writer, she is also passionate to really understand the spirit, tone, and manner that we are looking for. She is quick in her work and she responds very well to feedback, which is always key in this kind of project. I therefore couldn’t recommend her more for any copywriting & editing work.” -Severine Vauleon, Lux Global Brand Director, Unilever, Asia
“Without Dina’s dynamite editing and coaching skills, my lifelong dream of publishing my memoir would never have come to fruition. Her intuition, spot-on editing, and loving guidance made a difficult process manageable, and ultimately, successful. Thank you, Dina.” –K.W., Albuquerque
“Thank you again for the time we had today, Dina ~ I felt very encouraged and motivated after talking with you. I still marvel at your encouragement and am grateful for it.” -K.D., Richardson, TX
What began as a dive into the love of words, my writing journey became a powerful experience of using them to explore and present alternative ways of seeing and thinking. Over the decades my passion has shifted from seeking to understand a client’s vision in order to create copy that exceeded expectations, to helping learners overcome obsticles that impede their path to writing with confidence.
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After earning a B.A. at Long Beach State University in Fitness/Nutrition, I earned my Masters Degree from Goddard College in Biography/Autobiography. Additionally, I attended San Francisco State University’s film school, emphasizing screenwriting and documentary filmmaking; completed John Truby’s Story Structure workshop; studied novel writing at UC San Diego; and participated in short story workshops at Venice, California’s famed Beyond Baroque.
From 2000 to 2005, I was the sole owner of Authentic Publishing, a full service self-publishing company. I am an author (Finding Aster–our Ethiopian adoption story, Inkwater Press, 2011–no longer in print), editor, and copywriter, and in November 2016, I became TESOL certified (UCSD).
In my free time, you might find me walking along San Diego’s north county coastline, or enjoying a coffee at a local cafe. Yoga helps keep me grounded and flexible, two qualities I find need intentional cultivating in 2017. I live in Carlsbad, CA with my husband, 3rd grade daughter, and Calico cat.