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.
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.
Tammy Cloutier, PhD
Tammy Cloutier, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Tammy is a writer, editor, and lifelong learner. She has always enjoyed writing, and past experiences include drafting reports for environmental organizations, local newspaper articles, and the publication of her children’s book about African painted dogs to support her PhD research. In addition to offering writing assistance to peers, she served as an adjunct instructor for Natural Science and Veterinary Technology courses at a local community college. Tammy obtained degrees in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M and Psychobiology from the University of New England, and expects to receive her PhD in Environmental Science from Antioch University New England. She looks forward to supporting and ensuring the success of others in their writing endeavors.
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).
Tamara Holloway, PhD
Tamara Holloway, PhDEditor / PhD Writing Coach
Tamara Holloway received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon. Tamara has spent nearly twenty years teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to college students; she currently teaches at Walla Walla Community College. Tamara has a strong background in editing and is committed to instilling writing proficiency and confidence in her clients. Writing competently is empowering, and Tamara specializes in sharing the skills needed to write well under pressure with students and clients alike. Tamara offers dissertation coaching to help you become better at managing your dissertation or thesis by offering suggestions for ways you can take charge of the process and deal with common stresses such as procrastination/avoidance, writer’s block, anxiety, perfectionism, and other barriers to completing your project. We can do this together!
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, MS
John Dunham, MSDevelopment 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 writing and editing skills through Marlboro College’s rigorous academic requirements, then went on to complete graduate work in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. This educational balance of humanities and the sciences gives John a broad knowledge base and appreciation for multiple kinds of writing. John is always delighted to collaboratively improve the way we approach writing, thinking, and learning.
July Huss, MA (in progress)
July Huss, MA (in progress)Graduate Assistant
July began pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle in Fall 2018. After spending a lifetime in Los Angeles, she has begun her transition to become a Seattelite! July was brought to the PNW and Antioch specifically to concentrate on Drama Therapy and how we can create fluid conversation within different communities through art and play. As a member of the LGBTQ community, her mission is to raise awareness, take action, and cultivate love to share within our safe spaces and with the public. As a director and playwright, her love for writing extends far beyond academia and she hopes the WEX process will be as inspiring for you as it is for her!
Shanti Friedman, MA (in progress)
Shanti Friedman, MA (in progress)Graduate Assistant
Shanti entered the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Antioch University Seattle in Fall 2019. After growing up in Alaska, she completed her undergraduate studies in studio art and Spanish at the University of Idaho. Shanti is transitioning into life in Seattle and furthering her artistic explorations within the Art Therapy specialization at Antioch. She loves cooking and is passionate about the outdoors, spending her free time hiking or playing ultimate frisbee. As an activist for continued education, Shanti believes in the benefits of writing support and the accessibility that WEX provides, for personal and professional growth.
Mitch Vega
Mitch VegaWeb Designer
Mitch Vega is a Health Counseling and Psychology student at Antioch concentrating in Addiction Studies. Originally from Bellingham, WA, Mitch is honored to have been named a Diversity Fellow in his second term back. His background in peer counseling, radical compassion and as a harm reduction volunteer motivated him to pivot from a career in online marketing design to a vocation in public health, enabling at-risk populations to process trauma and regain control of their lives. After finishing the bachelor’s program, he plans on enrolling in the Art Therapy master’s degree program at Antioch to learn even more about the overlap between creativity and self-empowerment. You can view his artwork at http://mitchvega.design
Abby Pasley, MA
Abby Pasley, MAProfessional Presentations Coach and ELL Specialist
As a writing teacher and coach, Abby is dedicated to helping students explore their authorial voice and amplify their message. She is deeply interested in the connection between writing, civic engagement and social change. Abby began her teaching career in ESL classrooms, and currently teaches literature and writing courses at Santa Barbara City College and Antioch University. Additionally, Abby serves as the ELL specialist in AUSB’s Writing Center. For author videos, Abby offers presentation coaching on crafting a professional persona and integrating visuals to make your message resonate.