The Writers’ Exchange is a project of Antioch University

Since 1852, Antioch University has held the core belief that all adults have the power to transform their lives through writing. The Writers’ Exchange was created to support this vision. WEX offers professional writing coaching, editing, webinars, and practical writing resources for modern challenges. WEX is a growing network of committed writing specialists who  believe that getting and sharing support makes good sense. This philosophy is what directs our services from editing to business development, support for English Language Learners, webinars on writing, and our free resources. Our mission is to extend effective, economical writing support to students, business professionals, and writers who want greater success in their writing.

Meet the Team:

Anne Maxham, Ph.D.
Anne Maxham, Ph.D.Director
Anne began her educational career as a high school English teacher in 1977, and in 1990 moved into teaching writing 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 supporting adult student writers. In 2010, she co-founded the Center for Teaching and Learning at Antioch Seattle. To meet the needs of busy adults, Anne later led the development for online writing support through the AU Virtual Writing Center. Anne regards “good writing” as essential to professional success and is committed to providing adults with reasonable and effective professional writing support in The Writers’ Exchange.
Pheroze Unwalla, PhD
Pheroze Unwalla, PhDEditor
Pheroze received his PhD in History from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. Over the past six years, he has served as an instructor and professional research consultant at multiple universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to his work at WEX, he currently teaches in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia, and is working on several publications, including a book manuscript. He is passionate about helping students realize their potential as writers.
Sarah Watkins, Ph.D.
Sarah Watkins, Ph.D.Editor
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.
Bryan Tomasovich, PhD
Bryan Tomasovich, PhDEditor
Bryan Tomasovich is the owner of The Publishing World, a Seattle-based company dedicated to assisting authors one-on-one with editing, agent research and queries for traditional publishing, and full-service advising and project management for professionally self-published books. He has also worked as a senior editor at Emergency Press, an independent publisher based in New York, and as a professor of writing, literature, and media at Antioch University Seattle and the University of Puget Sound.
Nancy Birn Struckman
Nancy Birn StruckmanEditor
Nancy Birn Struckman has worked as an editor and proofreader for over twenty years, including as a managing editor for a local newspaper. She is currently the manager of Editing for Style, LLC, where she edits books and monthly blogs, and where she enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on formatting and proofreading their dissertations, theses, and papers, according to their pertinent style guides. Nancy understands how difficult and stressful finishing theses or dissertations can be for students, and guides them to their finished product calmly and quickly, thus ensuring their success. She holds a BA in English from SUNY Albany (now UAlbany).
John Dunham, M.S.
John Dunham, M.S.Development Support
John is the Coordinator for the Antioch Virtual Writing Center, provides developmental support for The Writers’ Exchange, and also directs the Antioch University New England Writing Center. John started writing as the son of an editor and honed his skills through Marlboro College’s rigorous academic requirements, after which he went on to complete his graduate work in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. This educational balance of humanities and the sciences gives him a broad knowledge base and appreciation for multiple kinds of writing. John is always delighted to help others develop their approaches to writing, thinking, and learning, and to improve his own along the way.
Nancy Burkhalter, PhD
Nancy Burkhalter, PhDEditor
Nancy Burkhalter, PhD, earned a doctorate in educational linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Since then, she taught in the U.S., Russia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Her main interest is teaching critical thinking through writing and has published a book for teachers around the world. She teaches writing and international students at Seattle University and has worked many years as an editor. She recently wrote a historical novel based on the lives of Frederic Chopin and George Sand. She knows success comes when teacher and writer work together.
Christian P. Winting, M.A.
Christian P. Winting, M.A.Editor and Proofreader
Christian has worked with writers as an editor and proofreader for over ten years. He earned his BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and his MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. He currently works in university press publishing and offers freelance copy editing and proofreading services to private individuals and publishing houses. He has served as a managing editor of two different newspapers and regularly works with undergraduate and graduate students honing their theses, dissertations, admissions letters, and regular assignments. He is dedicated to preserving an author’s voice and teaching students the power of effective prose.
Loretta Rafay, M.S.
Loretta Rafay, M.S.Editor
Loretta Rafay has over ten years of editing experience in science, humanities, legal, and literary writing. Her specialty is working with English Language Learner academics to prepare theses, dissertations, and journal manuscripts for publication in English. She enjoys helping STEM graduate students plan and structure theses and dissertations. Meaningful public communication of scientific research is also important to Loretta, and she has a knack for helping scientific writers translate the language of the hard sciences into accessible writing, posters, and presentations for lay audience. Loretta received her MS in Environmental & Forest Sciences at the University of Washington (UW), with a research focus on the biochemistry and chemical ecology of grassland plants. She also holds a BA from UW in Asian Languages & Literature, with expertise in both Mandarin and Classical Chinese.
Kim Bjanes, M.F.T. (expected)
Kim Bjanes, M.F.T. (expected)Assistant to the Director
Kim Bjanes is pursuing her Masters in Couples and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy. She is a first year student at Antioch University. As a blogger and published writer, Kim continues to grow in her passion for writing and using social media to connect with others. She is dedicated to community building and resource allocation. She is a passionate and creative individual eager to bring transformation everywhere she goes.
Vincent Kovar, M.A.
Vincent Kovar, M.A.Writing Webinar Developer & Leader
A former marketing executive, Vincent holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching and has nearly twenty years of experience in communications design. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as T-Mobile and Adobe, government agencies and institutions of higher learning. He has sold hundreds of articles to both print and online venues, contributed to several books, and was also the screenwriter on a Telle award-winning industrial film. Currently, Vincent is principal of the Kovar Consulting Group, a faculty member of Antioch University, and a screenwriter for Reese Films.
Stephanie Quinn Westphal, M.F.A.
Stephanie Quinn Westphal, M.F.A.Writing Coach
Stephanie earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She also holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in English and a BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. For the past seven years, Stephanie has worked as an editor with masters and doctoral candidates at Pacifica Graduate Institute, UC Berkeley, and other universities. As a freelance editor, she has a range of methods to help writers become more successful. Her clients include both novice writers and published authors. Stephanie has successfully assisted writers, wherever they are in their writing experience, in conceptualizing, structuring, and editing their projects for the greatest impact.
Allison Adelman, Ph.D.
Allison Adelman, Ph.D.Editing Specialist
Allison earned her PhD in Linguistics, with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics, from UC Santa Barbara. She is currently the Writing Center Director at AUSB, where she enjoys working with Antioch students and seeing them grow as writers. She loves thinking (and reading, and talking . . . ) about language learning and teaching, and has extended this interest from spoken language to written language during her time in the AUSB Writing Center.
Steve Brown, M.A.
Steve Brown, M.A.Blog Contributor
Steven has taught a variety of secondary and post-secondary writing courses. He studied at Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking and he was a fellow of the San Diego Area Writing Project. In 2006, he completed a graduate program in documentary writing at the Salt Institute in Portland, Maine. Steve graduated in 2011 with a MA in Whole Systems Design from the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University. He has since worked as consulting faculty for both Antioch University’s Virtual Writing Center and the Writer’s Exchange at Antioch University, Seattle.
Lisa Trahan, M.F.A., TESOL
Lisa Trahan, M.F.A., TESOL Editor
Lisa has worked for over twenty years with English Language Learners in university communities. She has assisted them with grant and manuscript writing, as well as verbal and written communication. She received her TESOL certificate in 2008 and her MFA with a specialization in Creative Writing in 2015. She is currently a Content Developer and Editor for Antioch University’s Writers’ Exchange website. Lisa believes in providing guidance, feedback, and creating a dialogue with writers to ensure their success.
Lorinda Toledo-Smailey, M.F.A.
Lorinda Toledo-Smailey, M.F.A.Editor
Lorinda is a Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she teaches English composition and creative writing and serves as Assistant Editor on the literary journal Witness. She has a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of New Mexico, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where from 2013-2015 she worked as a writing tutor for the Virtual Writing Center and as an Assistant Editor on the online literary journal Lunch Ticket. She has had many local and national news stories published as a reporter as well as short stories in Drunk Monkeys and Uno Kudo.
Jessica Garcia, M.F.A
Jessica Garcia, M.F.AProofreader
Jessica has worked with English Language Learners both as a kindergarten teacher in a bilingual classroom and as a writing tutor at a number of community colleges and universities. She received her BA in Spanish from California State University at Long Beach and her bilingual teaching credential from California State University at Sacramento and Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Jessica holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives in Guadalajara. She believes that her role as an educator is to help writers find their unique voices on the page.