Helping academic writers with their dissertations, theses, and other professional writing projects.

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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.

Benefits of Working with a Writing Coach

Puts someone on your team dedicated to helping you finish your writing project.

All our coaches have Ph.Ds, are seasoned academic writing instructors, have published extensively, and stay up-to-date on the changes in the dissertation genre.  They are experts in academic formatting and citation styles, know research methodology, and can assist you in developing, designing, and writing all chapters of the dissertation.

What sets us apart from other coaches is that we’re experts 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.

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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.

Our Senior Coaches

Beth Hewett

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

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

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