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Dissertations, academic articles, research reports, or books—we help you finish your writing project how you want it and when you want it.

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Drafting and Writing

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 high-stakes 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

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 editing and formatting.

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Every week Defend & Publish releases a new podcast. These podcasts are designed to help get you started (or restarted) on your academic writing projects. 



  • March 25: Final Push Dissertation: Taking Stock
  • March 19: Defend & Publish Updates
  • March 12: Unfinished Business Day
  • March 5: Reasons for Source Support
  • February 27: Editing a Collection: Tips for Writing the Editor Parts
  • February 18: Editing a Collection: Getting Started
  • February 13: Happy Hustles
  • February 6: Make a February Comeback
  • January 29: Caring for Your Writing Self
  • January 23: Four Questions to Ask Your Dissertation Advisees
  • January 15: Set Yourself Up for Success
  • January 8: I Don’t Feel Like Writing Today
  • January 1: Strategies for Dissertation Advisors

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    Thank you for all your support and most of all to let you know that Tara has been so amazing and helpful in helping me finish my dissertation. She provided expert advice and I learned a lot about how to improve my writing and organization. I’m so grateful for her help and hope to continue to work with her in the future. 
    Dr. Sandra Castro

    D&P provides the best on-demand professional coaching service. I believe my future writing tasks will also benefit from the writing skills I learned during these sessions.

    Minglei Zhang

    Master's Graduate, Penn State University

    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 coach writers to succeed.

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    Dr. Sandra Castro. Successful dissertation defense (City University of New York (CUNY)-Graduate Center)

    Dominic Lisi, EdD (Saint John Fisher University)

    Minglei Zhang, Masters graduate (Penn  State University)

    Dr. Melissa Quackenbush. Successful dissertation defense (Old Dominion University)

    Dr. Jessica Ulmer. Successful dissertation defense (Texas Technical University)

    Dr. Nadia Roche. Dissertation accepted (University of California Santa Cruz, Sociology and Feminist Studies)

    Jessica Calvanico. Article accepted to Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (UCSC).

    Mauricio Ramierez. Received the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship Award and the Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Excellence in Teaching (UCSC )

    Hope S. Article published

    Dr. J. Kelly. Successful dissertation defense (Walden University)

    Dr. L. Chambers. Successful dissertation defense (Walden University)

    Dr. Aaron Kleinman. Successful dissertation defense (College of Saint Elizabeth)

    Dr. Stefan Battle. Three published articles and promotion to Associate Professor (Rhode Island College, School of Social Work)

    Dr. Kristin S. EdD. Successful dissertation defense (George Washington University)

    Dr. B. Bricklin Zeff. Successful dissertation defense (Hokkaido University)

    L.A. Chambers. Successful proposal defense (Walden University)

    Dr. G. Zaugg. Successful dissertation defense (North Dakota State University)

    Dr. Jennifer C. Successful dissertation defense (Alliant International University)

    Dr. Chanel Matney. Successful dissertation defense (John Hopkins University)

    Dr. Aaron Day. Successful dissertation defense (City University of Seattle)

    Dr. J. Johnson. Successful dissertation defense (Southern IL University, Carbondale)

    B. Bricklin Zeff. Two published articles (Hokkaido University, Japan)

    Dr. Stefan Battle. Three published articles (Rhode Island College, School of Social Work)

    Dr. Cynthia P. Successful dissertation defense (Old Dominion University)

    Dr. Lori K. Successful proposal defense (Case Western University)

    Dr. Amanda L. Successful dissertation defense

    Dr. Steve T. Successful dissertation defense (North Dakota State University)

    Dr. Caroline H. Successful dissertation defense (Oklahoma State University)

    James J. Successful proposal defense (Southern Illinois University)

    Karen B. Successful proposal defense (Oklahoma State University)

    Dr. Martinique F. Successful dissertation defense (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)

    Dr. Leah C. Successful dissertation defense (Florida State University)

    . . . and many others

    Publishing the Academic Article: Tips, Tricks, & Tactics

    Whether you’re a new scholar who needs to publish to be considered for a full-time position, an academic who needs to publish for tenure and promotion, or an international scholar who needs help understanding some of the customs for publishing in American settings, this guide will help you navigate every step of the publishing process. Purchase your copy here. Authors: Beth L. Hewett and Robbin Z. Warner Available formats: downloadable pdf Price: $9. 95


    I think you and your team are fabulous!

    Tom F.

    Beth Hewett was instrumental in bringing a number of important writing projects to completion/ publication.

    M.B., PhD

    I passed! With flying colors. All five members of my committee complimented me on the writing, the amount of detail, and they were genuinely interested in the content. A few of them mentioned it was one of the best dissertations that they’d  read in years.

    J. Johnson, PhD

    Definitely take the advice of the professionals! If you’ve enlisted the assistance of D&P, know that you’re dealing with professionals that have a strong writing knowledge and are more than capable of leading you towards a done dissertation. Remove your feelings. Edits/corrections are not personal jabs, but instead will make you a much stronger, efficient and effective writer.

    L. Chambers, PhD

    Beth’s [Davila] insight and positive demeanor made this process enjoyable. I believe I would not have finished my dissertation without her help.  She always made herself available and was able to explain what was needed in the chapters in a way that I could easily understand.  I cannot express my appreciation for Beth’s support and patience.

    J. Kelly, PhD

    Publications by Our Coaches

    Foundational Practices of Online Writing Instruction

    Grounded in fifteen principles of online writing instruction, this edited volume offers 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

    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

    A literacy-based theory of online writing instruction and practical strategies for both students and their teachers.


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    Caution: Switchback Curves Ahead!

    If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re not going to get there. That would seem like an obvious statement, but with most types of writing there is no way to meet a goal or to complete the project without a well-considered idea of what the project is or what it...

    Writing Cover Letters for Academic Positions

    The most basic function of cover letters for academic positions is to introduce yourself to the search committee; the most successful way to do so is to craft this introduction as a demonstration of your fit with the search criteria. The first paragraph should...

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