Liz Burke-Cravens, E.d.D.
Liz Burke-Cravens, E.d.D.
Raise Your Voice | Share Your Stories | Be the Change
  Looking for the Fountain , Rome, Italy © Amber Burke-Cravens

Looking for the Fountain, Rome, Italy © Amber Burke-Cravens

Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens is an interdisciplinary educator, poet, writing coach, passionate scholar and determined optimist. She is the founder of A Brave Space, a learning community that seeks to create positive social change and personal transformation through writing. Her work has appeared in Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, Volume 2The Irish HeraldSoulstice: A Feminist Anthology Volume II, and Sandy River Review

Liz enjoys traveling, kickboxing, cycling, photography, and cooking. She has a deep love for language and a passion for teaching and supporting student success. Originally from Portland, Maine, she now lives in Oakland, California with her wife, Amber, and their two dogs, Schmoopie and Mr. Bits. 

Achievements & Expertise

 Flamenco dancer, Seville, Spain ©Liz Burke-Cravens

Flamenco dancer, Seville, Spain ©Liz Burke-Cravens


Ed.D. Education
Fielding Graduate University  2014
Dissertation: Challenging the Silences: A Phenomenographic Study of How Autoethnography Is Experienced

M.A. Irish Studies
New College of California 2004
Thesis: You're Not Writing This Down, Are You?: The Irish and Italians in Portland, Maine, Their Histories and Conflicts

M.A. Poetics
New College of California 1999
Thesis: How the Music Has Meaning: A Translation of Cristina Peri Rossi's Babel Bárbara

B.A. English & Women's Studies (double major)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1996
Major coursework: Poetry Writing, Contemporary U.S. Poetry, Political Autobiography, Feminist & Gender Studies

Skills & Expertise

  • Learning Assessment

  • Learning Management Systems: Blackboard, Moodle, eCollege, Canvas

  • HTML & CSS

  • Leadership Development

  • Unstructured Interviewing

  • Non-Violent Communication

  • Online Instruction

  • Course Design & Development

  • Writing & Editing

  • Qualitative Research

  • Autoethnography

  • Phenomenography

  • Action Research

  • Academic Coaching

  • Transformative Language Arts


  Peru Ana, Ana Peru , Barcelona, Spain © Amber Burke-Cravens

Peru Ana, Ana Peru, Barcelona, Spain © Amber Burke-Cravens

Volunteer & Community Service

Marcus Foster Education Fund 2011-2012

Principal for a Day         Oakland Unified School District June 2012

Contributing Editor
Only Love Magazine

Out of the Darkness Walk American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | 2017 & 2011

Cyclist Fundraiser
AIDS/LifeCycle: Ride to End AIDS San Francisco AIDS Foundation
June 2012

Oakland School for the Arts  
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living 2011

Cyclist Fundraiser
Trek Across Maine           American Lung Association

Professional Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Transformative Language Arts Network



Many of my achievements are not necessarily lend themselves to a resume or curriculum vitae format; rather, they are more personal and anecdotal. These achievements require a story, a story about supporting others in finding their authentic voice, express their ideas, and articulate their experience and beliefs in a polished manner that remains true to their perspective and goals.

All of my work is founded on my steadfast belief that by raising your voice and sharing your stories, you can be a catalyst for change. Doing so requires self-reflection, courage, and empathy, a powerful trio of practices and ways of being that invite dialogue and encourage growth, both personal and collective. This is my starting point.

Courses & Workshops

 Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain ©Liz Burke-Cravens

Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain ©Liz Burke-Cravens

Dr. Burke-Cravens developed and taught these courses and workshops at John F. Kennedy University, San Jose State University, New College of California, Transformative Language Arts Network, and A Brave Space

University Courses

Creative Writing & Literature

  • Introduction to Poetry Writing

  • Working Class Literature of the 1930s

Women’s & Gender Studies

  • The Poetics of Gender

  • Women’s Lives & Social Transformation

Health Sciences

  • Women’s Health & Social Transformation

  • Critical Review & Writing for Health Sciences

  • Research & Writing in Public Health


  • Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation

  • Poetry & Emerging Self

  • Directed Studies

  • Senior Capstone

  • Psychology 100W: Writing Workshop

Liberal Studies

  • Education, Self & Community I/II

  • Critical Thinking & Writing

  • Research Writing

  • Senior Project A & B

  • Directed Studies

  • Introduction to Academic Writing

Self-Directed Online Tutorials

Workshops & Groups

A Brave Space

  • A Brave Space Poets

  • Written Resistance: Writing Your Personal Stories to Resist Injustice

  • CATALYST: A Monthly Multi-genre Online Writing Group

  • Poetry Workshop: Explore, Expand & Encourage Your Writing Practice

  • Writing as a Sacred Path

  • Writing the Self & the Social

  • Writing the Family

  • Poetry Workshop: Getting Started & Inspired

  • Weekly Writing Workshop

Transformative Language Arts Network

John F. Kennedy University

  • Research Writing

  • Critical Thinking

  • Reading Critically

  • The Process of Writing

  • Using Sources Effectively

  • Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Using APA Style

San Jose State University

  • Exploring Class & Classism



Clients from:

Argosy University

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Francisco

San Jose State University

Fielding Graduate University

Mills College

Graduate Theological Union

John F. Kennedy University

University of Waikato, New Zealand

Kissing the Muse

SirkelBee Designs

Frontier Nursing University

Liz helped me finalize the revised senior capstone course. This process involved several detailed discussions. She freely shared examples from her classes and instructed me about potential problems. Liz remains available for questions and sharing pedagogical orientations and practices. Students clearly articulate their respect for her, describing her teaching manner as thorough, detailed, supportive, instructive, clear, and actually fun.
— Terri M. Davis, Ph.D., Chair B.A. Psychology Program, John F. Kennedy University
Liz brings a heart-felt sense of purpose to her work that stems from a deep sense of knowing for her self and intuiting in others what is meaningful, most valuable and serves the greater good.
— -Robbyn McGill, Colleague, JFK University
San Jose State is fortunate to have such a talented teacher in this important, challenging and demanding course.
— Gregory Feist, Associate Professor of Psychology, San Jose State University
Professor Burke ‘builds the bridge’ seamlessly, with compassion, integrity, and professionalism.
— Staci D. Gunner, Assistant Director Student Conduct & Ethical Development, San Jose State University
Liz offered real constructive criticism and pushed us kindly, confidently and with skill to become better writers.
— Lauren T., former student JFK University
Liz exemplifies the highest standards for teaching. It was immediately obvious that Liz had command of the classroom. With a mixture of passion and intensity she created a close rapport with students very quickly.
— -Maria Mattioli, M.S., M.F.T.
Liz Burke is an exceptional individual who has the tremendous ability to create an environment for students to inspire them to be better writers.
— Janella Bautista, former student and Mental Health Specialist


I would love to hear from you! Drop me a line to see how we can work together and/or schedule a free initial consultation. 

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