Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching
Put an experienced dissertation coach on your team.
What distinguishes us is our expertise in online writing and working with writers online. You’re not writing your dissertation in the same world as your mentor did. You’re writing in the age of the Internet where online writing and reading rules. We know how the current wired-world reality impacts your writing and research and can help guide you through it.
All our coaches have Ph.Ds, are seasoned academic writing instructors, have published extensively, and stay up-to-date on the changes in academic publishing and the dissertation genre. We’re masters in academic formatting and citation styles, know research methodology, and can assist you in developing, designing, and writing all chapters of the dissertation.
Drafting and Writing the Dissertation
Learn to let your inherent curiosity about your topic lead the way, to tell the story of your data with readers in mind, and to write efficiently in order to complete the project in a reasonable amount of time.
Breaking Through Writer’s Block
Writing is hard work. Writing a book-length project is even harder. Sometimes writers get stuck, but it doesn’t have to be terminal. Coaches at Defend & Publish have strategies to break through writer’s block and help you finish.
Editing and Formatting the Document
Every writer needs an editor. Doing the final editing and formatting of your project can be an onerous task, especially if you’re on a tight deadline. Let us take the pressure off by working with you on the fine-tooth editing and formatting processes.
Our Philosophy on Coaching Writing
We believe that writing is a skill that can be taught and learned. After working with us, we want you to be able to write with confidence and be able to use your writing skills in varied settings, for different topics, and with multiple audiences. In short, we teach writers, not dissertations.
D&P RESOURCES: Dissertation Guides
Sometimes an explanation or example from a guidebook is all you need to move your writing and research forward. Here are some of our favorite dissertation guides to help you do just that.
Foss, S. K. & Waters, W. (2007). Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
Clark, I. L. (2006). Writing the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: Entering the Conversation. Boston: Prentice Hall.
D&P RESOURCES: Reference Management Online Services
Today’s researcher accesses scholarly sources almost exclusively online needing online tools to help keep sources organized and properly formatted. Here’s our list of the top reference management online services.
ABOUT: EndNote is now a fully web-based product with even an app for the ipad. In addition to to producing bibliographies, Endnote has the functionality for searching online databases, storing research files, and working collaboratively online.
ACCESS: You can purchase an individual subscription, but chances are your university already has a subscription to Endnote or one of the web-based services listed here.
ABOUT: Mendeley marries a reference management tool with social networking to make it easy for researchers to find information, access online databases, and collaborate.
ACCESS: Mendeley is free and tells you every chance it can. You register online and then download the app for your computer and/or mobile device.
ABOUT: RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool with functionality designed to assist in gathering, managing, and storing information as well as generating in-text citations and bibliographies.
ACCESS: You can purchase an individual subscription, but chances are your university already has a subscription to this or one of the web-based services listed here.
ABOUT: Zotero, invented at George Mason University, is a seamless browser base app to help you collect, organize, cite and share research.
ACCESS: Available for free. Download the app that attaches to your browser.
Our Senior Coaches
Beth Hewett, a university-level writing and rhetoric teacher for more than 30 years, is an author and educational consultant in dissertation writing, publishing, and online writing instruction.
“Beth Hewett is a masterful dissertation mentor, whose guidance, expertise, and encouragement has made it possible for me to finish a project that seemed beyond my grasp.”
Charlotte, Ph.D., 2008, Catholic University of America
Robbin Warner is a university-level writing instructor, seasoned corporate writing trainer, and writing coach. She is the author of academic journal articles, technical books, creative non-fiction articles, and contemporary fiction.
“Robbin’s ability to synthesize the revisions requested by my committee members helped make the writing process flow more smoothly. Her ability to adapt to my writing style and make constructive comments allowed me to complete my dissertation in a timely manner and my defense was flawless. We were able to anticipate any concerns in advance and I could not be happier with the results.”
Barbara, Ph.D., 2013, Oklahoma State University
A boutique consulting firm with seasoned academic writing professionals who can help you with all aspects of writing and researching your dissertation.
- Drafting and writing the dissertation
- Developing and researching your project
- Breaking through writer’s block
- Editing and formatting the document
- Managing the dissertation process (Time and Focus)
- Working with your committee
- Getting published