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.
Guest Blog Posts

Finding a Cure for Imposter Syndrome

Form: Blog Post Written: Spring 2013 Published by: Indiana Wesleyan University’s Modern Language and Literature blog Imagine you’re a second-year graduate student. You’re sitting in the well-decorated living room of your thesis adviser; you were invited Read more...

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...