Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching

Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching

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.

Is Hiring a Dissertation Writing Coach Right for You?

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.

Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching

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.

New Publications

Foundational Practices of Online Writing Instruction is grounded in fifteen principles of online writing instruction, offering the most comprehensive guide to access-focused administrative, faculty, student, and research considerations in the field.

The Online Writing Conference: A Guide for Teachers and Tutors offers an empirically based theory for conferencing with writing students in online settings and for responding helpfully to their writing and other needs.

Reading to Learn and Writing to Teach: Literacy Strategies for Online Writing Instruction offers a literacy-based theory of online writing instruction and practical strategies for both students and their teachers. ORDERING:

Our Coaches

Beth Hewett, Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching

Beth Hewett, Sr. Coach

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

Risa Gorelick, Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching

Risa Gorelick, Coach

Risa 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.

Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching, Destination Dissertation

Foss, S. K. & Waters, W. (2007). Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. NY: Rowman & Littlefield.

Dissertation and Professional Academic Writing Coaching, Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation

Bloomberg, L. D. & Volpe, M. (2012). Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End
(2nd ed.)
. Los Angeles: Volpe.

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.

Dissertation coaching by Defend & Publish

URL:  www.endnote.com

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.

Dissertation coaching by Defend & Publish

URL:  http://www.mendeley.com/

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.

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URL:  https://www.refworks.com/

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.

Dissertation Coaching by Defend & Publish

URL: https://www.zotero.org/

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.


About Us

A boutique consulting firm with seasoned academic writing professionals who can help you with all aspects of writing and researching your dissertation.


Our Services

  • 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



Telephone: 443-904-6424

Email: beth@defendandpublish.com