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, 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.
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.
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.
Alex Hendricks-Hockey, BA, CDP
Alex Hendricks-Hockey, BA, CDP Graduate Assistant
Alex Hendricks-Hockey is pursuing her Masters in Couples and Family Therapy. She is entering her fourth quarter at Antioch University. Alex works full time as an outpatient substance use counselor in Bellingham, Washington. She becomes increasingly energized about cultivating healing and growth at the systemic/network level with every passing quarter at Antioch, and joyfully integrates her learning into her daily work with substance use and dependency.