Our Coaches

Beth L. Hewett, Ph.D.

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’s singly authored books include: “The Online Writing Conference: A Guide for Teachers and Tutors” (Bedford, 2015; Heinemann, 2010), “Reading to Learn and Writing to Teach: Literacy Strategies for Online Writing Instruction” (Bedford, 2015), “Good Words: Memorializing Through a Eulogy” (Westbow Press, 2014), and “More Good Words: Practical Activities for Mourning” (Westbow Press 2014), among others. She is co-editor and partial author of “Foundational Practices for OWI” (Parlor Press, 2015), “Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace: Computer-Mediated Communication Technologies and Processes” (IGI Global, 2010), and “Technology and English Studies: Innovative Career Paths” (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006) and co-author of “Preparing Educators for Online Writing Instruction: Principles and Processes” (NCTE, 2004). Beth is the director for the new Center for Online Literacy Education and Research, prior Chair of the CCCC Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction, and prior co-editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She was the initial developer of the online writing program at Smarthinking, Inc. and redeveloped the writing program for TutorVista, leading to its purchase by Pearson, Inc. Beth also works as a trained and certified grief counselor and facilitator trainer.

“I graduated from my doctoral program in 2012 and can’t imagine going through the dissertation process without Beth.”
Jenny, Ph.D., 2012, The City University of New York

Robbin Z. Warner, Ph.D.

Robbin Zeff Warner holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies from Indiana University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Berkeley.   She has a long background with technology and writing. Her interest in the teaching of writing started through her involvement with the National Writing Project in 1993. Over the past 20 years she has taught writing at universities, summer writing workshops, and training academies.  She has lead writing seminars and developed online writing courses and online writing and research resources for universities, business, and government agencies.  Her interest in online technology was launched when she wrote the landmark book The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet in 1996 when there were so few nonprofits online one could actually count them. This book initiated a series of books on Internet use for the nonprofit community by John Wiley & Sons. She then moved into Internet advertising and not only wrote the first book on online advertising back in 1997 (Advertising on the Internet), which was eventually translated into 6 languages, but ran the 10-city ”Advertising & Marketing on the Internet” training conference series. Robbin is the author of 6 books and dozens of book chapters and articles.  She has also published restaurant and chocolate shop reviews, written speeches and presentations for government officials and business executives, and developed research reports for businesses, agencies, and think tanks. In addition, Robbin is a trained chocolatier.

“I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Barbara, Ph.D., 2013, Oklahoma State University

Risa P. Gorelick, Ph.D.

Dr. Gorelick earned her Ph.D. in English/Rhetoric from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, her MA in English Composition/Rhetoric from Miami University of Ohio, and her BA with Honors in English from Goucher College. She has over 20 years experience as a college-level writing instructor and writing program/writing center administrator. She has a long background in mentoring graduate students and junior faculty with their research projects. Dr. Gorelick’s background as a educator can be characterized as a combination of collaborative-based and community-based work. She has published 15+ articles/chapters in scholarly blind-reviewed journals and given 75+ conference presentations/workshops. Risa has taught college-level writing in Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Her specialties include honors, basic writing, and advanced exposition courses, tutor training, English Education, and creative nonfiction. In her administrative work, Risa provides innovative leadership and management of academic programs to foster a strong commitment to student learning outcomes and academic excellence. Additionally, for 21 years, Risa has served as the Chair/Co-Chair of the annual Research Network Forum [RNF] of the Conference of College Composition and Communication [CCCC] where she has assisted hundreds of graduate students at various stages of their dissertations and theses as well as faculty with turning their works-in-progress into published works.

“After working with Risa, I can recommend her enthusiastically for help with any aspect of a writing endeavor. She advised me in re-organizing my current project, and helped me establish a daily writing routine best suited to my busy schedule.”
Ben, Ph.D. Candidiate, Yale University

Eric Best, Ph.D.

Eric Best is a quantitative researcher focusing on agent-based modeling and predictive analytic research. Eric holds a PhD in disaster science modeling and simulation and BS and MS degrees in economics, all from the University of Delaware. From 2013 to 2015, Eric was an assistant professor at Jacksonville State University, where he taught quantitative courses for doctoral students. Eric is an expert user of the R and SAS statistical programming languages. He enjoys working with students and other researchers to improve scientifically based research questions and statistical tests. He is focused on helping writers effectively communicate their study’s results.

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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