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 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.

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!
Sarah Watkins, PhD
Sarah Watkins, PhDEditor
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.
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.
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.
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 (
Loretta Rafay, MS
Loretta Rafay, MSEditor
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.
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).
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.
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.
Bryan Tomasovich, PhD
Bryan Tomasovich, PhDConsultant
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.
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.
Allison Adelman, PhD
Allison Adelman, PhDEditing 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, MA
Steve Brown, MABlog 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.