Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Writing: Dinika Amaral (GSAS '11, '13)

No Good Deed Unpunished is a new story by Dinika Amaral (GSAS '11, '13) which appears in the current issue of The Iowa Review. We had a chance to interview Dinika to find out about her writing process.

What did you study at NYU? Did you always want to be a writer? 

I got an M.A. at the Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program and an M.F.A from the Creative Writing Program.

My parents still relate stories about my writerly aspirations since the third grade. I think I also wrote terrible poetry for our school magazine – Pigtails. In undergraduate school I was all set to be a journalist and became Editor-in-Chief of our college newspaper, but that was instrumental in showing me I wasn’t a journalist. After that I putzed around in advertising and marketing before living the dream in New York City as a banker. One day, a client and I were waiting on lawyers in a conference room and on hearing I wrote stories for fun and reviewed plays for these online magazines, he told me how his dream had always been to become a filmmaker. After we closed, I researched small competitions, part-time programs and emailed him. “You can still pursue your dream.” Yes, he wrote back, but the money is too good and I can’t live without it now.

After that I knew I had to do something that involved my passion for literature before the ka-ching of the banking world got me, so I applied to NYU and Draper took me in. After that it was like I’d swallowed the blue pill. But, I became a writer, a serious and real committed to it no matter what writer, during my M.F.A.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Many Benefits of Deep Breathing

As we begin the new year, why not add deep breathing to our list of resolutions. To help us get started, we sat down with Carla Melucci Ardito  (WSC '81) to talk about her application, Breathing Lessons and the many benefits of working deep breathing into our daily routines. Listen to our interview using the player below or click here.