Dini Duran Karasik is a Mexican-American lawyer and writer raised in Texas and Montgomery County, Maryland. In addition to founding the Writer's Loft, she's also the founding editor and publisher of Origins Journal, a literary magazine that examines the art of narrative through the lens of identity. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including The Más Tequila Review, Kweli Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Butter, Literal Magazine and PANK (forthcoming in 2018). Her short fiction is anthologized in Abundant Grace (Paycock Press, November 2016), and her story "Amalia on the Border" was a finalist in The Texas Observer's 2013 Short Story Contest. In April 2017, her story "Elsa & Segundo" placed second in the annual Bethesda Magazine Short Story Contest. She is also the recipient of a 2016 Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Individual Artist Award.
Cynthia Carranza is passionate about art, culture and people. With a fifteen-year background in corporate development and human resources, she now works as a consultant to such groups as Culinarian Expeditions and the Writer’s Loft of Kensington, planning all aspects of culinary tours and the Solana Writer’s Retreat, respectively. She has an MBA from the Universidad Tecnológica de México and lives in Celaya in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.
Fluent in English and Spanish.
“Dini is a fantastic editor and writer with the keen ability to home in on exactly what a piece of writing needs. She’s created substantive written content and fine tuned several documentary film proposals for my company. She’s also reviewed, critiqued, and edited film scripts and other writing. She’s smart, efficient and simply a pleasure to work with.”
—Phillip Rodriguez, Documentary Filmmaker, City Projects
"Dini has a way with words. She's been such an asset to me as an editing consultant to my international company, Culinarian Expeditions. She arranges words in a way that's brilliant and makes you think, in the end, that you wrote them yourself. That’s what editing should be like; the editor should get into your head. Dini does this and more. She is a skillful writer and perceptive editor. Her talent is your gain."
—Gilda Carbonaro, CEO, Culinarian Expeditions
"My daughters and their friend loved The Art of Letter Writing workshop! My youngest continued writing the next day!"
“Dini was invaluable in helping me transcribe and edit a series of interviews for a recent book project. She was efficient and professional, working with a high volume of content and several tight deadlines. I would hire her again and again, without hesitation.”
—Alexandra Zapruder, Author
"With Dini's expert guidance and feedback, my personal statement became a body of work that I was proud to submit to law school admissions boards."
—Lauren Grant, Law Student