Lauren Deidra Sawyer
Writer & Educator

I am a writer and educator in Indianapolis, Indiana. As my day job, I work as a freelance transcriptionist and substitute teacher at a private K-12 school in the city. On nights and weekends, I write both creatively (creative non-fiction, poetry) and academically. I have a master’s degree in Theology and Culture and in fall 2017 will begin a Ph.D. program in Ethics.

Education

2012-2014

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Seattle, Washington

Master of the Arts in Theology & Culture
Concentration in Theology, Imagination, & the Arts
Thesis: “Canonizing Augustine’s Concubine: An Exploration of St. Augustine’s Theology of Desire through John Updike’s Fiction”
GPA: 3.89

2008-2012

Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana

Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Writing, Concentration in Multimedia
GPA: 3.83, magna cum laude

Teaching Experience

2016-Present

Heritage Christian School
Substitute Teacher
  • Followed prescribed lesson plans the primary teacher has prepared.
  • Maintained an orderly classroom atmosphere.
  • Maintained an accurate and current pupil progress and attendance records.

2014-2016

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Assistant Instructor

Courses: BTI 503 Old Testament Genre, TCE 575B Theology of Eroticism, TCE 509 Theology II, TCE 508 Theology I, BTI 504 New Testament Survey, CSL 527 Faith, Hope, and Love

  • Assessed written work of 60-85 first-, second-, and third-year counseling and theology students each term.
  • Held weekly office hours.
  • Assisted students one-on-one in their research and writing process.
  • Facilitated weekly seminar with theology students.
  • Lectured on theology and Biblical studies.

2015-2016

Youth Tutoring Program
K-12 Tutor
  • Instructed small groups and individual students of multi-ethnic and low-income backgrounds in reading, writing, and math skills.

2010

The Life Center, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Assistant ESL teacher
  • Assisted in teaching advanced English language learners in conversational English.

Editorial Experience

2015-Present

The Allender Center
Lecture Note-Taker
  • Transcribed, edited, and organized lectures for the Allender Center’s counseling certificate programs.

2012-Present

3Play Media
Contract Editor & QA Specialist
  • Transcribed and edited audio and video files for media and technology organizations, YouTube channels, news outlets, and universities both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Provided feedback to editors on the quality of their transcriptions.

2009-2012

The Sojourn, student newspaper
Editor-in-Chief
  • Led an award-winning newspaper staff of 15 in addition to 25 contributing writers.
  • Weekly broadsheet newspaper served campus of 3,200 through print and online content.
  • Edited weekly publication for content, grammar, and design.
  • Wrote news stories or features weekly.

2012

Indianapolis Monthly
Editorial Intern
  • Fact-checked, researched, and wrote blurbs and features for a city magazine with a distribution of more than 230,000.
  • Contributed to Indianapolis Monthly’s City Guide, Travel Guide, and blog.

Non-Profit Experience

2011-2012

The League for the Blind & Disabled
Marketing Intern
  • Worked alongside and advocated for men and women with disabilities at a center for independent living.
  • Designed, edited, and wrote copy for brochures, mailers, ads, and flyers for League programs.

2010

Preemptive Love Coalition
Intern
  • Managed, edited, co-designed, and wrote PLC’s first annual report.
  • Wrote copy and created a multimedia piece for the PLC blog.
  • Accompanied PLC staff to meetings with local partners to promote the NGO’s mission to provide heart surgeries for children and to “pursue peace among communities at odds.”

Volunteer & Ministry Experience

2013-2016

Poetry Curator
Wits’ End Church
  • Selected poetry thematically linked to the liturgical season and the Revised Common Lectionary.
  • Read and curated volunteers to read poems during worship services.

2013-2016

Godly Play Volunteer
Wits’ End Church
  • Fostered learning and spiritual environment for children ages 4 to 8.
  • Supported the Storyteller in classroom activities, including art, storytelling, and snack.

2009-2010

Volunteer
InAsMuch Ministry
  • Served in ministry that provided bus passes, food, and clothing to low-income and homeless persons in Fort Wayne.
  • Engaged one-on-one with clients in need of services, often providing spiritual assistance and prayer.

2009

Bible Study Leader
Doulos Student Organization, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Led weekly Bible study focused on global social justice issues.
  • Participated in and co-led events aimed to foster social awareness, including a TOMS Shoes Walk and a fundraising concert for the Preemptive Love Coalition.

Portfolio

Read a collection of my recent writing, from blog posts, academic essays, and creative pieces.
Lectures

Sex Icons & Holey Hearts

Form: Lecture (Transcript) Presented: March 2016 Presented in: TCE 575B Theology of Eroticism Dan: I had the privilege of reading Lauren’s–and I always get confused on what we call this mammal–but major– Lauren: Integrative project. Dan: Read more...

Creative Nonfiction

Into Cosmos

Form: Creative Non-Fiction Written: Spring 2015 Commissioned For: Professor Mary M. Brown’s retirement gift Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all Read more...

Poetry

Homo Incurvatus in Se

Form: Poem Written: Spring 2014 Published by: Lit And the eye that eyes itself is your eye And the ear that hears itself is too near… You’re getting too close to your source –Andrew Bird, “Eyeoneye” It Read more...