Susan E. Thomas, M.A.

 

322 Cumberland St., Lolo, MT 59847

E-mail: christianwriter.thomas@gmail.com

Tel: 612-888-3722

Professional info

 

S. E. Thomas, M. A. is a multi-published, award-winning author. She founded and owns The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC. She is a skilled editor, a talented speaker, and a trained educator.

Languages

 

English

Spanish

Work experience

 

Office Administrator, Care Net of Missoula, Missoula, MT.

January 2016 - present

 

  • —Serve as receptionist at the front desk helping clients locate services they need.

  • Answer phones, answer questions, and direct clients, donors, and other business professionals to the service or information they need.

  • Conduct intakes and pregnancy tests for women who suspect a pregnancy.

  • Enter and manage all client data into the database.

  • Work with volunteers

 

Publisher and Owner of The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC. Lolo, MT.

February 2014 - present

 

  • —Launched privately owned publishing company.

  • —Developed novel products, website, and promotional materials (both print and video.)

  • Instituted a state-wide contest and networked with a local business for its promotion.   

  • —Marketed through multiple venues: social media, blogs, newspapers, public institutes, etc.

 

Instructor, Valley School of Ministry, Missoula, MT.

2015

 

  • Developed and delivered an intensive class entitled, Professional Writing for Ministry, Feb. 20-22, 2015.

 

Teaching Assistant for Belief and Reality, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.

2010 - 2011

 

  • Assisted Dr. Michael O’Rourke in teaching this introductory course in epistemology and metaphysics by filling in for him when he had to miss class.

  • —Led weekly recitation sessions that were discussion based to delve more deeply into the material.

  • Held regular office hours during which I consulted with students, explained the material, and helped them better develop their thoughts in their writing assignments.

  • Graded assignments and recorded those grades in a timely manner.

 

Healthy Relationship Education Coordinator, Palouse Care Network, Moscow, ID.

2010 - 2011

 

  • Developed and delivered healthy relationship presentations for teens and college students.

  • —Networked with area schools, businesses, and private entities.

  • —Developed novel promotional materials and prepared them for distribution.

  • —Updated the website and social networking sites.

  • —Assisted in the organization of promotional and fund-raising events.

 

MOPS Coordinator, Trinity Baptist Church, Moscow, ID.

2003 - 2007

 

  • Led and spoke at bi-monthly meetings for both Christian and non-Christian women.

  • Led bi-monthly steering team meetings as final authority for MOPS decisions.

  • Coordinated with the church leaders, MOPS members, and volunteers.

  • As MOPS treasurer, created and followed a budget. Organized and oversaw fundraising events.

 

Education

 

M.A. Philosophy

2010 -2012

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. GPA: 4.0

 

B.S.E. English Education.

1993-1998

John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.

 

Office Systems Specialist Certificate.

1991-1993

Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL.

Core Competencies

 

  • Bi-lingual: English and Spanish. Extensive cross-cultural experience.

  • —Excellent reading and writing skills. Multi-published, award-winning author.

  • Extensive knowledge of the field of epistemology. My thesis, “Interpersonal Knowledge,” is a work of epistemology.

  • Extensive knowledge of Biblical Judaism, Early Christianity, and Judeo-Christian religious texts,  practices, and symbolism.

  • —In-depth knowledge of critical thinking, metaphysics, ethics, history of philosophy.

  • Familiarity with a variety of philosophical areas, such as environmental philosophy, feminism, and existentialism.

  • Above-average familiarity with the publishing world, business, and marketing.

  • —Creative self-starter with excellent leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills.

 

Published Material

 

Is My Faith My Own? A Resource for Christian Young People Leaving Home for the First Time

January 28, 2016

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Life's Midterm Online

  • Lolo, MT

 

Acting Out Loud

Oct. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

Habakkuk's Plea: Elohim Answers

Jul. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

Hadarah's Story

Apr. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

Habakkuk's Plea: Evil Persists

Apr. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

Habakkuk's Plea: A Prophet of Elohim

Mar. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

Let Them Eat Cake: An Interactive Mystery Party for Teens or Adults

Feb. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

The Sixth Hour

Feb. 2015    

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC

  • Lolo, MT

 

The Photograph

Dec. 2014      

  • A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman

  • Mozark Press, Sedalia, Missouri.

 

Longing for Rest

Sept. 2014      

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC.

  • Lolo, MT.

 

Shaming Large Families

—Aug. 2014       

  • The American Feminist: A Crying Shame, Spring/Summer 2014

  • Feminists for Life of America.

 

A Reason To Celebrate: A Full-Length Christmas Production

June 2014       

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC.

  • Lolo, MT.

 

Accuracy: An Interactive Party Game for Teens or Adults

—April 2014      

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC.

  • —Lolo, MT.

 

Murder At Surly Gates: An Interactive Party Game for Teens or Adults

March 2014

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC.

  • Lolo, MT.

 

Who Invited The Stiff To Dinner? An Interactive Party Game for Teens or Adults

—February 2014

  • The Dramatic Pen Press, LLC.

  • Lolo, MT.

 

Ashes Remain, A Shaker of Margaritas: Cougars on the Prowl

October 2011

  • Mozark Press

  • Sedalia, Missouri.

 

The Business of Finding a Husband, A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas

October 2010

  • Mozark Press

  • Sedalia, Missouri

  • (First-place contest winner.)

 

The Things That Are Not

Apr/May 2009 

  • Focus on the Family Magazine

  • Focus on the Family

  • Colorado Springs, CO.

 

Do We Shoot Our Wounded?

—Fall 2009

  • The Secret Place

  • Judson Press

  • Valley Forge.

 

Firmly Established

Fall 2009

  • The Secret Place

  • Judson Press

  • Valley Forge.

 

Love Me First

—Fall 2009

  • The Secret Place

  • Judson Press

  • Valley Forge.

 

Christians and Popcorn  

—Mar/Apr 2007

  • Keys for Kids

  • CBH Ministries

  • Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Not Just A Statistic

—Nov. 2006

  • Focus on the Family Magazine

  • Focus on the Family

  • Colorado Springs, CO.

 

I'd Like Some Peace, Please!

—Sept. 2005

  • Focus on the Family Magazine,

  • Focus on the Family

  • Colorado Springs, CO.

Skills & Interests

 

Publishing

Editing

Writing

Philosophy & Theology

Education

Quilting

Photography

Marriage, Parenting & Family

Pro-Life Issues

Speaking & Teaching

Philosophy
Courses &/Or Seminars

 

Intro to Epistemology

Intro to Metaphysics

Belief and Reality

Intro to Ethics

Intro to Philosophy

Critical Thinking

Intro to Biblical Apologetics

Intro to Environmental Ethics

History of Ancient Phil

—History of Modern Phil

Moral Philosophy

Religions of the World

Feminism and the Bible

Theology & History Courses &/Or Seminars

 

Old Testament Overview

New Testament Overview

Everyday Life in OT Times

Everyday Life/Time of Jesus

Everyday Life/Greco-Rom World

History of Ancient Mesopotamia

History of Ancient Egypt

History of Israel I & II

The Feasts of the Lord

History of the Christian Faith

—Biblical Judaism

How to Study Your Bible

Various Biblical Book Studies

English & Writing Courses &/Or Seminars

 

Professional Writing

Writing for Ministry

Journalistic Writing

Creative Writing

The Power of Poetry

Plotting Your Novel

Characterization

Advanced English Grammar American Literature to 1900 Shakespearean Literature Restoration and 18th Century Literature

19th Century British Literature World Literature I & II

The 6 Essential Elements of

        Self-Publishing

2010 - present

2010 - present

Writing Awards

 

First Place

2010

  • Short Story Contest

  • Mozark Press

 

Grand Prize

2014

  • First Paragraph Writing Contest

  • Women's Memoirs

 

Speaking Experience

 

Guest Speaker

April 9, 2016

  • Expanding Borders: The Spirit and Practice of Writing for Ministry

  • Stir It Up Christian Writer's Mini-Conference

  • His Story Christian Gift Store

  • Lewiston, ID

 

Instructor

2015

  • Valley School of Ministry

  • Missoula, MT

 

Motivational Speaker

—2007

  • Single Mom's Dinner

  • Palouse Care Network

  • Moscow, ID

 

Motivational Speaker

—2007

  • Ladies' Retreat

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Moscow, ID

 

 

 

Volunteer Experience

 

Parent Advisory Board Member

Current

  • Missoula Alliance Church Youth Group

  • Missoula, MT

 

Connections Leader

Current      

  • Missoula Alliance Church

  • Missoula, MT

 

TDP Press Christian Critique Group Founder & President

—2013-Present     

  • The Shredders

  • TDP Press Chapter

  • I organize and lead bi-monthly meetings, teach writing technique, and critique writing samples.

  • Missoula, MT

 

Founder and President

2013-Present

  • Coalition of Christian Feminists.

  • Lolo, MT.

 

Volunteer

Fall 2014 - January 2016     

  • Care Net of Missoula

  • Missoula, MT

 

Sunday School Teacher

—2011-2012

  • 3rd-5th Grades

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Used curriculum I developed.

  • Moscow, ID.

 

ACW Christian Critique Group Founder & President

2004-2012

  • We Is Writers

  • American Christian Writers Chapter

  • Moscow, ID

 

Worship Team Member

2004-2012

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Moscow, ID

 

Food Bank Volunteer

2011-2012

  • Troy Food Bank

  • Troy, ID

 

Sunday School Teacher

—2010

  • Adult Bible History Class

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Using curriculum I developed.

  • Moscow, ID.

 

Large Group Discussion Leader

2009

  • Ladies' Retreat

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Post Falls, ID

 

Drama Team Leader

2007-2008

  • Trinity Baptist Church

  • Moscow, ID

 

TV Show Guest

—2006 & 2007

  • Between Friends

  • With Lonna Vopat, Former Mrs. Idaho

  • 3 Interviews, Total

  • Lewiston, ID

 

Advisor for The Eye

Fall 1998     

  • Siloam Springs High School newsletter

  • Siloam Springs, AR

  • I helped instruct students in writing, editing and journalism.

 

Translator

1990-2007             

  • Mexico

  • The Dominican Republic

  • Gates Rubber Company, Siloam Springs, AR.

  • (7 times total)

 

Editor & Typist

1992-1993

  • Freed Indeed

  • A prison newsletter

  • Gainesville, FL

  • I edited and critiqued submissions and formatted the layout for printing

Current Memberships

 

  • Feminists for Life of America

  • MT Pages, Christian authors network

  • Coalition of Christian Feminists

  • Shredders, Christian Critique Group

  • Indie Christian Authors, Facebook Group

  • —Christian Indie Authors, Facebook Group

  • Christian Authors & Writers, Facebook Group

  • Indie Christian Books, Facebook Group

 

Conference Experience

 

Inland Northwest Christian Writers' Conference

March 2015

  • REGISTERED!

 

Festival of the Book

October 2014

  • Hosted a booth and book signing event.

  • University of Montana

  • Missoula, MT

 

Writers' Retreat

July 2014

  • Camp Utmost

  • Bonner. MT.

 

Inland Northwest Christian Writers' Conference

March 2014    

  • Spokane, WA.

 

Festival of the Book

—Oct. 2013       

  • University of Montana

  • Missoula, MT.

 

Northwest Philosophy Conference

2011 

  • Washington State University

  • Pullman, WA.

 

Wait Training Conference

2010

  • Healthy Relationship Education

  • Texas.

 

Northwest Philosophy Conference

2010               

  • University of Idaho

  • Moscow, ID.

 

American Christian Writers' Conference

Sept. 2008

  • Spokane, WA.

 

American Christian Writers' Conference

—Sept. 2006

  • Spokane, WA.

 

 

 

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