Zara Chowdhary

Graduate Assistant-Teaching [ENGL]


Office:005 Landscape Arch
612 Farm House Ln
Ames IA

Office Hours: Tues Thurs 2-3


Zara Chowdhary is a screenwriter with an MA in Writing for Performance from the University of Leeds. She’s now getting acquainted with prose fiction and rekindling her love affair with poetry through the course of the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State. From being that 18 year old kid sweeping the shooting floor on a movie set, she’s worked her way up as a producer and assistant director for TV commercials and indie projects, has run a digital filmmaking studio in Mumbai for five years, served as a senior copywriter on nationwide ad campaigns, and managed to raise a child and a cat with some sanity to spare. The last thing she did before she packed their lives up to move bag and baggage to the US was work in a Bollywood film and distribution studio as one of six storytellers in their Writers’ Room. Plotting and character-defining action are her cocaine. She enjoys being able to tell stories in everything she does: write, dance, sing, sketch or photograph. She hopes to someday direct a screenplay she’s scripted, adapted from a novel she’s written, inspired by a poem that’s come to her based on a dream she’s dreamed.