Thea Miller Ryan

Freelance Writer and Author

Select Magazine Publications

  • Cover Story: Ashley Thompson, Stepping Out the Door to Volunteer, 2013, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • The Little Prince, a New York Story, 2013, Road Trips for Readers
  • Museums and Literature, 2013, Road Trips for Readers
  • A Spooky Vacation, Sleepy Hollow, New York, 2013, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Iowa City’s Literary Walk, 2013, first featured on Road Trips for Readers. Picked up by National Geographic Traveler Radar.
  • Five Great Reasons to Visit San Antonio, 2013, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Buildings with a Common Bond: Wallace Dow, Architect of the Prairie, 2013, Living Here Magazine
  • Romper Room: Miss Martha Made the Magic Happen, 2013, Living Here Magazine
  • The Capital City: D.C. with the Family, 2013, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Anna Youngers, Painting Like the Masters, 2012, Living Here Magazine
  • Buffalo, Wyoming: Longmire’s Town, 2012, Road Trips for Readers
  • Molly Brown: Unsinkable Legend in Land Locked Denver, 2012, Road Trips for Readers
  • Loving Frank: The Taliesin and Frank Lloyd Wright, 2012, Road Trips for Readers
  • Five Cities with Book Tours, 2012, Road Trips for Readers
  • Fenn Brothers: Ice Cream and Candy With a Cherry on Top, 2012 Living Here Magazine
  • Seething, Rotting Dorian Gray, 2011, Road Trips for Readers
  • Coffee with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011, Road Trips for Readers
  • Riviera Maya: Leave Winter Behind, 2011, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Missing the Boat: RMS Titanic Sailed Without One Sioux Falls Man, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Cover Story: Kara Dirkson: Art Engages Heads and Hearts, 2011, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, Live from the Prairie, 2011, Road Trips for Readers
  • War and Faith, Oliver Carlson’s Story, Summer 2011, Living Here Magazine
  • Fenn Brothers, Ice Cream and Candy - With a Cherry on Top, Spring 2011, Living Here Magazine
  • What Lies Beneath, Winter 2010, Living Here Magazine
  • Working Dogs - Canines Assist Conservation Officers, 2010, Fetch! The Pet Magazine
  • The Curtain Opens Again, Summer 2010, Living Here Magazine
  • Ole Rolvaag: Rolvaag's Prairie, Winter 2009, Living Here Magazine
  • Knee Deep in his Work (Privy Digging), Fall 2009, Living Here Magazine
  • The Presence of the Past, September 2009, Home & Away Magazine
  • Wallner Gardens, Summer 2009, Living Here Magazine
  • Aberdeen - Stories Come True, January 2009, Home & Away Magazine
  • The Not for Children Fluffy Bunny Story, April 2008, Conservation Digest
  • Cover Story: Jennifer Dailey - The Scent of Success, March 2008, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Cover Story: Starring…Haley Steele, 2007, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Laughing Waters, 2007, Home & Away Magazine
  • Geocaching: A New Way to Treasure Hunt, April 2007, Dakota Outdoors Magazine
  • My Prairie, My Antonia, February/March 2007, South Dakota Conservation Digest
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Prescribed Fires, July 2006, Dakota Outdoors Magazine
  • Writing Groups: A Quick Fix, July/August 2006, The Writer’s Journal Magazine
  • Volksmarching: A Nice Place for a Walk, March/April 2006, Home & Away Magazine 
  • The Zoo in Winter, January/February 2006, Home & Away Magazine 
  • Women Who Write, Holiday Issue 2005, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine 
  • Hunting is Like a National Holiday for the Nelson Family, September/October 2005, Conservation Digest 
  • The View from Above: Women Pilots, February/March 2005, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine 
  • Prowling the Zoo in Winter , November/December 2004, South Dakota Magazine 
  • Cover Story: Pam Homan – Taking Her Experience to the Next Level, Fall 2004, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Over 100 other published magazine articles dating back to 1989. 

Pending Publications

  • Buffalo, Wyoming - an article on the history of the small town that hosted presidents, cattle ranchers, cowboys and ghosts. AAA Home & Away
  • Sweet 16: Take Highway 16 to Yellowstone, Sioux Falls Woman Magazine
  • Barn Collector, Living Here Magazine

 

Anthology Selection

  • Bob's Day at the Fair, Vermillion Literary Project
  • Hotdish Haiku, three haiku selected for published collection

Writing Memberships, Awards and Grants

  • South Dakota Arts Council, Artist Grant in Literature, 2004-2005 recipient
  • Friend of Tourism Award for freelance articles about southeast South Dakota, 2007
  • Public Relation Award, 2003, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, for my work in creating a good image for the department
  • Master Columnist Award 1990, Iowa Newspaper Association, for my regular column, Change of Pace in the LeMars Daily Sentinel

Writing Training and Workshops

  • Iowa Writer's Workshop: Iowa Summer Writing Festival, July 2006, Challenges in First Person Fiction class with Rebecca Johns
  • Nature Writing with Kent Meyers, February 2005, Class with the One Book award-winning novelist.
  • Iowa Writer's Workshop: Iowa Summer Writing Festival, July 2004, Advanced Novel class with Susan Taylor Chehak
  • Our Prairie Heritage Writing Workshop, February 2004, Horse Barn Arts Center, assisted in organization and attended two day course
  • Celebrating Rural Life through Writing, summer 2003, Oak Lake Field Station, led by David Allan Evans, SD Poet Laureate, week-long workshop

Other Writing Experience

  • Editor, online travel magazine, Road Trips for Readers
  • Project Editor for Kids Conservation Digest Magazine - publication of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Served as editor for 2006 - 2011 editions.
  • Reader Reviewer for Bantam Dell Publishing
  • Freelance writing assignments

Contact Information

Contact Thea at thea@roadtripsforreaders.com