Working Together to Transform Writers

Since 1852, Antioch University has held the core belief that all adults have the power to transform their lives through their writing. At the Writers’ Exchange, we offer writers full menu of coaching, editing, webinars, and practical writing resources. Whether you’re a doctoral writer or a professional you’ll find the help you need from a trusted name in adult education.

The Writers’ Exchange is a direct response to a growing trend in online professional writing support. The Writers’ Exchange is unique because we’re a university program dedicated to the mission that successful writing is essential to academic and professional success. Our editors and coaches believe that all writers deserve to realize their potential through writing and that having individualized support through an editor or coach can be the catalyst for significant writing growth.  Wherever and whoever you are, you will find experts committed to providing specialized writing support at The Writers’ Exchange.

Meet the Team:

Anne Maxham, PhD
Anne Maxham, PhDDirector
Anne began her educational career as a high school English teacher in 1977, and in 1990 moved into teaching college composition as a faculty member and administrator at Washington State University. In 2000, Anne accepted a Core Faculty appointment at Antioch University where she explored innovative ways of teaching and supporting adult student writers. As the AU Director of Writing Support, Anne oversees both the Virtual Writing Center and the Writers’ Exchange. Proud of Antioch University’s commitment to supporting its writers, Anne regards writing support and professional editing as fundamental to healthy writing habits.
Lorinda Toledo, PhD
Lorinda Toledo, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Lorinda Toledo is a writer, editor, and teacher. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Dissertation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where her fiction was supported by multiple awards. Her M.F.A. is in fiction and creative nonfiction from Antioch University Los Angeles. Lorinda has held multiple editorial appointments at literary magazines, and has a background in print journalism. She has taught writing, literature, and composition at UNLV, and is currently on faculty as a Writing Specialist in the Teaching and Learning Center at AULA. She provides empowering, individualized support to writers across levels and disciplines.
Sarah Watkins, PhD
Sarah Watkins, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Sarah E. Watkins is an independent scholar and editor. She earned her PhD in History and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014 and has taught at universities in California, Indiana, Ohio, and Maine. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Mistress of the Drum: Intimacy, Power, and the State in Rwanda, 1796-1962. She also serves as the Africa Editor for Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality. Sarah loves helping writers find their authorial voice, and is dedicated to the philosophy that anyone can learn to write well. She is also a militant defender of the Oxford comma.
Michael Jauchen, PhD
Michael Jauchen, PhD Editor / PhD Writing Coach
Mike received his PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he specialized in fiction writing and American Literature. Before moving into full-time editing, he was an associate professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where he taught English and writing. He has over fifteen years of editorial experience collaborating with academics in fields including sociology, creative writing, history, political science, the humanities, and mechanical engineering. He’s currently an editor-at-large for Belt Publishing, an independent press focused on writing about the Rust Belt and Midwest. Mike loves working with writers who are at any stage of the composition process, whether they’re developing early ideas, looking for ways to stay motivated, thinking about structural questions, or looking to write outstanding sentences.
Colin Mitchell, MFA
Colin Mitchell, MFAEditor/Coach

Colin has worked in the Arts, Entertainment and Media fields for over 30 years and is eager to bring his expertise to the WEX community and help emerging writers achieve their goals. A graduate of the AUSB MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media, Colin is a produced screenwriter, Marvel comics scribe, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the Paramount Pictures Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship. Currently he is producing, writing, directing and developing his own original scripted podcast adventure series entitled The Laundronauts: A Potentially Untrue Tale Based on Actual Events with IHeart Media. Mitchell is both a multi-media and trans-media writing expert and highly-experienced in adaptation in all genres and emerging media. He also advises other writers at Little Brother Sam Writing Academy.

Anna Paretskaya, PhD
Anna Paretskaya, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach

Anna Paretskaya is an editor, researcher, and educator with a PhD in sociology from the New School for Social Research. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a coeditor of the open-access, bilingual (English and Russian) journal Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. Her own academic work has won awards from several professional associations. As an editor, Anna has experience in academic book and journal publishing in a wide range of social sciences and humanities. She especially enjoys working with young scholars and multilingual writers, helping them develop and refine their authorial voice and bring their ideas to readers.

Deborah Parker, PhD
Deborah Parker, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Deborah Parker is an applied research consultant and academic coach and editor. She provides support to authors as they prepare and revise manuscripts for dissertation research, journal submissions, and nonfiction work. She completed a research doctorate at Tulane University, majoring in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with an emphasis in organizational culture and change management and minors in social psychology and statistics. She has pursued postdoctoral studies in holistic psychology, psychotronics, sustainable agriculture and living, holistic health, and vibrational healing. Deborah also edits journal articles in both the humanities and life sciences for two major academic presses. She uses her multidisciplinary experience, sense of humor, and compassionate approach to help authors establish their unique scholarly voice, organizing their ideas and hard work into compelling, persuasive arguments that are founded on sound methodology and articulated with eloquence in a well-considered synthesis of the relevant material.
Tom Sullivan, MA
Tom Sullivan, MAEditor
Tom is an independent writer/editor specializing in ESL, academic, and technical texts. After starting out as an engineering student, Tom moved to Kansas City to study literature at Avila University in 2004 and has worked with words ever since. After working the publishing industry, he studied at the University of Missouri, writing a master’s thesis about aesthetic theory in William Blake’s work. Next Tom taught English as a foreign language with the US Peace Corps in Mongolia. Upon returning to Kansas City, he taught English at a local community college while developing his business. He has worked on academic book manuscripts, technical reports, theses and dissertations, academic journals, advertising copy, marketing materials, and more. Tom is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Managing Editor and President of the Board of Directors at Whispering Prairie Press, which produces Kansas City Voices and KC Voices Youth magazines (wppress.org).
Micha Rahder, PhD
Micha Rahder, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Micha is an independent scholar, editor, and writing coach who is passionate about helping other writers elevate their ideas. She has over a decade of experience writing for academic and general audiences and over five years of professional editing and writing coaching experience. Responding to issues like imposter syndrome and other structural barriers to writing success, her focus is on providing constructive, positive writing support. She works to integrate feminist, anti-racist, and anti-ableist principles into her editing and coaching, with the goal of strengthening and amplifying diverse voices in the academy. She holds a BA in biology, an MESc in environmental science, and a PhD in cultural anthropology, with editing experience ranging across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. These experiences enable her to support a wide range of writing projects, from those grounded in disciplinary traditions to creative, interdisciplinary approaches.