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Jay Dixit

Jay Dixit is an award-winning writer, journalist, trainer, and writing professor with 20 years experience. Jay studied psychology at Yale University, where he graduated cum laude with distinction in the major. His senior thesis in psychology was published in The Journal of Social Issues and has been cited more than 400 times.

After graduating, Jay served as Senior Editor at Psychology Today, and his articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostRolling StoneSlate, and Wired. Jay also conducted George Carlin’s last interview, which the legendary comic called the “most complete” interview of his life, and his work appears in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing.

Jay is a creative writing professor at Yale University, where he has taught The Art of Storytelling as an undergraduate writing seminar. Jay is also the founder of Storytelling.NYC, through which he teachers storytelling classes, writing workshops, and corporate training seminars in New York City and across the country. Jay is a winner of The Moth, a live storytelling competition based on New York, and his story “My Father’s Love” appears on The Moth Radio Hour and NPR and forms the basis for the short film In Transit.

Highlights

  • Founder of the training and development company Storytelling.NYC.
  • Founder and community director of The New York Writers’ Intensive, a Manhattan-based creative writing community.
  • Teach creative writing and storytelling at Yale University.
  • Award-winning writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Wired, Slate, and Psychology Today.
  • Senior Editor of Psychology Today Magazine for four years.
  • Studied psychology at Yale University; graduated cum laude with distinction in the major.
  • A winner of The Moth, a live storytelling competition. My story “My Father’s Love” appears on The Moth Radio Hour.
  • Conducted George Carlin’s last interview, which George Carlin called “the most complete interview” he’d ever done.
  • Covered comedy for The New York Times (samples here and here).
  • Covered campus culture for Rolling Stone.
  • Interviewed celebrities including Tim Roth, Willem Dafoe, Tony Robbins, Will Shortz, and Spike Lee.
  • My work appears in the anthology The Best of Technology Writing.

Experience

Storytelling.NYC. New York NY (2011 – present)

  • Founder, Storytelling Trainer: I lead storytelling classes, writing workshops, and corporate training for companies across the country.
  • I’ve taught storytelling and writing workshops  at Bank of America, Redfin, LG Electronics, IMDB, Ogilvy, The Snow Leopard Trust, and The NeuroLeadership Institute.
  • Creator of The GHOST Method, a framework for teaching writing that emphasizes the primacy of character, emotion, and story over the composition of pretty sentences.

The NeuroLeadership Institute. New York, NY (2016 – 2023)

  • Senior Science Writer: Wrote feature articles about psychology and neuroscience for publications including Harvard Business Review, Strategy and Business, Quartz, and Fast Company.
  • Wrote academic papers on psychology and neuroscience.
  • Wrote video scripts for corporate training videos for distribution to tens of thousands of employees for clients such as Merck, KP, and Boeing.

Downtown Project. Las Vegas, NV (2013 – 2014)

  • Founder, Community Director: Designed a creative writing school — including designing teaching curriculum and business strategy — for Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, as part of Downtown Project, Hsieh’s $350 million effort to turn downtown Las Vegas into a creative hub for artists, writers, and entrepreneurs.

WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR. New York, NY (2012)

  • Editor-In-Chief: Created, wrote, and edited Flashbulb: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Science, a daily publication covering breakthroughs in science, technology, and innovation, including psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Psychology Today Magazine New York, NY (2006 – 2010)

  • Senior Editor: Generated, reported, and wrote feature articles, including 14 cover stories.
  • Wrote articles about the psychology of happiness, personality, love, dating, procrastination, and decision-making.
  • Generated article ideas, recruited writers, and edited articles from first draft to final page proofs.
  • Interviewed research psychologists about experimental research and covered breaking news in psychology and neuroscience.
  • My cover story “The Art of Now” was the most e-mailed article of the last two years.
  • A cover story I originated, “Scents and Sensibility” generated the highest newsstand sales in the magazine’s history.
  • Interviewed celebrities such as Tim Roth, Willem Dafoe, Tony Robbins, and Will Shortz.
  • Conducted George Carlin’s last interview, a 14-000 word Q&A that Carlin said was the “most complete” interview he’d ever done.

The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Wired, Slate, etc. New York NY (2000 – present)

  • Writer/Contributor: Write feature articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Wired, Slate, and Psychology Today.
  • Covered standup comedy for The New York Times.
  • Wrote front-page stories for The New York Times City Section, including “Take My Life, Please,” and “Saving a Comedy Club.”
  • My article about pen cloning, “Cats with Ten Lives,” appears in the anthology Best of Technology Writing.
  • My article “The Ideological Animal” won a South Asian Journalists Association’s feature writing award.

eHelp Corporation San Diego, CA (1999 – 2000)

  • Product Evangelist: Represented the company at software trade shows and industry events nationally and internationally; gave presentations and product demonstrations to groups of 500+.
  • Analyzed market trends and competitive landscape; formulated strategy; defined product positioning.

Education

University of King’s College, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia (2022 – 2024)

  • MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, 2024.

Yale University New Haven, CT (1994 – 1998)

  • B.A. cum laude in psychology with distinction in the major, 1998.
  • Won the Anti-Defamation League’s Bess Myerson Journalism Award.
  • Wrote two articles, “www.nazi.com” and “Gangbuster,” that for years were required reading in Yale nonfiction writing classes.

Skills and Hobbies

  • Photography: I shoot with a Sony a7iii and a Fujifilm XT-30 and volunteer as a press photographer for Wikipedia
  • Languages: Fluent French, pretty good Spanish
  • Storytelling: Telling stories on stage at The Moth
  • Sports: Alpine skiing; ultimate frisbee