Dissertation, Academic, and Professional 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 DissertationLearn 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 BlockWriting 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 DocumentEvery 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.
Beth Hewett, President and CoachBeth 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
Risa Gorelick, CoachRisa Gorelick is a university-level writing instructor. For 21 years, she has served as the Chair/Co-Chair of the annual Research Network Forum [RNF] of the Conference of College Composition and Communication [CCCC]. She is the author of academic journal articles, podcasts, and academic and technical presentations.
“The coaches at Defend & Publish helped me synthesize the revision requested by my committee members to make the rewriting process run more smoothly. Together, we were able to anticipate any concerns in advance and I could not be happier with the results. My defense was flawless.” Barbara, Ph.D., 2013, Oklahoma State University
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.
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.
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