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Writer's Retreat 2022

The first annual CHS Writer's Retreat shall consist of two full days of workshops, conversations, a writing room, and a culminating voluntary showcase at the end of the second day. Writing topics shall range from academic to creative in order to meet the needs of different styles of writers, and those who may be interdisciplinary in their application of writing skills. We hope you enjoy the program we have curated!

To find out more about what will be offered, and by whom, please see below!

2022 Workshop and Conversation Facilitators


Rebecca Coffey

Keynote Speaker


Liz Baxmeyer

Writing for Audio

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Tammy Winner

Grant Writing

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Maureen McBride

Writing for Self-Care


Jill Dahlman

Writing Job Materials


Kevin Morrison

Research Productivity

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Piper Selden

Writing the Self - Memoir


Gloria Poveda

Developing Craft and Generating Flow through Writing Communities


Peter Katz

Research Productivity


William Davis


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Tereza Joy Kramer

Poetry Through Mindfulness

More to be confirmed.

Full Biographies

By day Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist, contributing for over 40 years to outlets including, Scientific American, and Discover magazines,, Vermont Public Radio, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and JSTOR Daily. She has appeared on syndicated talk shows like WNYC’s The Takeaway, WAMC’s 51 Percent, Fox News’ Happening Now, The Bob Edwards Show, The Jim Bohannon Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, NPR’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, and on major-market programs produced by NPR affiliates in New York, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Albany, and Indianapolis. She speaks at colleges and universities and at conferences, and she was an invited speaker at the 50th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires. 

She is also the author of several journalistic psychology books for the general public. One won an Outstanding Academic Book award from the American Library Association's Choice magazine. 

But by night Rebecca is a novelist and humorist. 

  • HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud's Story has been named a 2015 "Over the Rainbow" book by the American Library Association. It came out May 13, 2014 from She Writes Press. Booklist called HYSTERICAL "complexly entertaining, sexually dramatic, [and] acidly funny" and LAMDA said it's "got a plot so rife with tension it’ll make you squirm." Oprah's O Magazine recommended it in the June 2015 issue. 

  • NIETZSCHE'S ANGEL FOOD CAKE: And Other "Recipes" for the Intellectually Famished was published in October 2013 by Beck & Branch. About NIETZSCHE'S, Erika Penzer Kerekes, Food Columnist for the L. A. EXAMINERwrote, “Oh my God, I love these! More! More! More! This will appeal to foodies and literary types, and will stretch the boundaries of the 'cookoir' genre, for sure." 

Bio coming soon...

Maureen McBride is currently the director of the University of Nevada, Reno Writing & Speaking Center. She has been teaching and supporting writing for two decades. Her research interests include peer-to-peer support, collaboration, writing center studies, reading-writing intersections, mentoring, mindfulness and writing, and aesthetic dimensions of writing. Maureen has published in several journals, including The Peer Review, Praxis, College Composition and Communication, Composition Forum, and Assessing Writing. 

William Davis received a BA in English from Virginia Tech and made his first foray into teaching at the high school level. After a two-year break from teaching, Dr. Davis began work on a master’s degree in Literature at Northern Arizona University. He taught 2 different college composition courses there while also working in the university’s writing center. Dr. Davis received his PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech and is a founding faculty member at CHS. Though he no longer delivers English composition courses, Dr. Davis never stopped teaching writing. Lucid prose, especially when it paves the way for other forms of communication, remains powerful and persuasive. 

Tereza Joy Kramer is a meditation instructor whose poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, and her chapbook Bodylines was published by Finishing Line Press; she teaches communication and service-learning at California Northstate University. 

Liz (Ryder) Baxmeyer is a composer, writer, lecturer, sound designer, and songwriter. She has performed her songs at festivals and venues across the UK and USA over the last twenty years including Sidmouth and Warwick folk festivals in the UK, and the San Francisco Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the US to name a few. Her three albums and four EPs have been aired on BBC radio, KVMR, KUSF, and more. She has been nominated for eight theatrical sound design awards in the Bay Area, and received a Critic’s Circle Award, and a TBA Award. In addition to her post-production audio work, Liz also writes plays and creative narratives for audio, as well as educational podcasts. She runs the podcast studio, co-runs the Media and Communication Studio, and serves as full time Humanities faculty at CHS. &  

Jill Dahlman is a product of the University of Hawaii system: Hilo for undergraduate and Manoa for graduate. She is the Assistant Professor of English and the co-director of the Media and Communication Studio (MCS) at California Northstate University College of Health Sciences, where she implemented the MCS Faculty Volunteer program, an interdisciplinary group of faculty consultants from the natural and social sciences. She also developed Mikomiko, the Faculty Development Workshop series, where faculty from all disciplines share knowledge in order to support student learning and faculty scholarship. Jill serves on multiple national executive and editorial boards. She is one of the co-editors of the proceedings for this year’s IWAC conference, and she is the co-founder of the Exemplary Award for WAC programs sponsored by The WAC Clearinghouse and AWAC. In addition, she is on the editorial board for The Rocky Mountain Review, the peer-reviewed journal of the Rocky Mountain MLA, where she regularly chairs four panels on first-year composition at the annual conference. She has been a faculty advocate for English with Bedford St-Martins for more than a decade. Jill is the creator of the blog “Writing the Market,” which aims to provide advice for finding a full-time position in today’s composition and rhetoric market. Finally, Jill is the co-editor of a Cambridge Scholars series on innovations in first-year composition, currently in its third volume, with a fourth scheduled for publication in 2023. 

Peter Katz is Assistant Professor of Humanities at California Northstate University, where he teaches philosophy and English. His forthcoming book, Reading Bodies in Victorian Fiction, examines the intersection between the formation of literary studies as an academic discipline, Victorian physiology, and the ethics of embodiment. His other work has appeared in forthcoming edited collections on experiential pedagogy and Victorian dress culture, and in Victorian Literature and Culture (on Victorian martial arts), the Journal of Victorian Culture (on Victorian popular readers), and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (on environmental ethics). His current research projects center on Victorian economics and epistemology, nineteenth-century conceptions of language and animality, and marital arts and empathy--not all in the same work.

Gloria Poveda attended UC Davis as a returning student and received her B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a minor in Sociology. She then went on to UC Santa Barbara, where she completed her M.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Black Studies. Her Ph.D. is from the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her areas of specialization are Foundations, Administration, Research, and Policy which offered the opportunity to engage a diverse community of doctoral students and faculty members in reimagining education as a central component of the transformation needed to create more inclusive and just societies. Her research is part of a sustainable humanities-social science cluster grounded in leadership and innovation with a subfield in Service-Learning.

Kevin A. Morrison is Provincial Chair Professor, University Distinguished Professor, and Professor of British Literature in the School of Foreign Languages at Henan University. Specializing in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, his many publications include the Modern Language Association-award winning Victorian Liberalism and Material Culture: Synergies of Thought and Place. He is founding president of the Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies and serves as the editor of its flagship journal, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, to be published from Liverpool University Press from 2022. He has held a visiting fellowship at the National University of Singapore and the Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Visiting Professorship of British Literature at the University of Connecticut. He is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE) and also holds fellowships in both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society.

Tammy Winner is a Professor of English and the Program Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Writing at University of North Alabama. She also created and coordinates the English department Internship program and serves as the Program Coordinator of Preparing Future Faculty. Tammy earned her doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and has since taught at The University of Puerto Rico and The University of the Bahamas. In 2019, Winner was selected to be a Faculty Fellow at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and she is an active member of the aero-space technical writing community. Other research interests include First-Year Composition, Multimodality, literacy and e-literacy, online learning, peaceful pedagogies and experiential learning. She is the co-editor of the series Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Writing and her work has appeared in Computers & Composition, CEA Critic, The Teaching Professor and other print and online academic venues. She actively gives presentations on the peaceable teaching of FYC and Professional/Technical Writing. Winner sits on the Board of Advisor’s for Every Child Counts in Abaco, Bahamas, a school for island children with special needs and she volunteers as a non-profit grant writer. She is a proud coal miner’s daughter and first-generation academic. She loves to foster rescue dogs, play in the dirt, collect green glass, float the Potomac River in WV, and laugh out loud—but not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at

Piper Selden is a writer, educator, and activist in the State of Hawaii. She holds two master’s degrees in English: an MA in Composition/Rhetoric from UH Manoa and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Piper writes and has published in a variety of genres including scientific and academic papers, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. 

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