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Doctoral Writers

Find Community While Writing

At any time in your doctoral program, you might become aware that you need help with your writing. It might be that your professors are requesting that you revise papers or that you realize that you’re struggling with a particular paper. This self-awareness is not something to be ashamed about, and frankly could be a reflection of your writing strengths, rather than weaknesses. Making the effort to seek support will help in many areas of your writing.

From the proposal to the dissertation, doctoral writing employs sophisticated organization, researching, writing, revising, and formatting of documents. The final writing, the research proposal and dissertation demand your keen balancing of your ideas and plans or results of your research with the current research in the field.

At WEX, our doctoral writing coaches and editors appreciate the complexities of this intellectual enterprise. Find community and support through WEX. We’re Antioch, and we care about your success.

At affordable hourly rates, we strive to support you with a multiple services:

Writing Coaching:

  • Planning and Organizing the Proposal/Dissertation
  • Creating a writing plan that will support success
  • Developing content

Editing: a thorough review of your document for

  • Writing style
  • Style, word choice, and syntax

Format Editing:

  • Compliance with major professional formats: APA, Chicago, MLA.

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On Writing Dissertations

From the Director’s Desk: Writing a dissertation is a daunting enterprise: it’s the most in-depth researching and writing enterprise of your academic program.  Its chapters & their purposes can be unfamiliar and the pressure to “validate” can be enormous. It can also intimidate just by its “book-sized” length. Each of these characteristics can incite a unique “writer’s block,” but if you take it one step, one chapter at a time, you can find yourself gradually completing the dissertation. As my mentor once said: “The only good dissertation is the done dissertation.” One cause of writer’s block that can be easily [...]

Resources for Writing Your Dissertation

Achieving a Scholarly Voice

June 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on Achieving a Scholarly Voice

Completing assignments and writing papers requires much of a writer as writing is more than just filing in blanks of information. Writing, real writing, in which we wrestle with ideas and come to conclusions is [...]

The Art of Effective Presentations

June 1st, 2020|Comments Off on The Art of Effective Presentations

A final presentation has become a regular feature of most academic programs as it offers another modality for a student to present their learning. A “public talk” is a great way to stimulate awareness about [...]

WEX Tips: The Literature Review

June 1st, 2020|Comments Off on WEX Tips: The Literature Review

It’s advisable for students to regard an evolution of the literature review to gradually becoming more involved and complex as they progress through graduate programs. When it comes to a project, dissertation or thesis proposal, [...]

Creating a Personalized Video Multimedia Abstract

May 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Creating a Personalized Video Multimedia Abstract

Author Video on Electronic Theses & Dissertations   For the past few years, many programs have required graduates to upload a photo with their dissertation. Most times, these photos are taken at the final presentation [...]

Writing the Chapters: You have the Power!

May 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Writing the Chapters: You have the Power!

You’ve already written a proposal, so you probably have an idea that each chapter has a distinct purpose. However, don’t be fooled into thinking the literature review of the proposal becomes the Chapter II of [...]

Organizing the Dissertation

May 20th, 2020|Comments Off on Organizing the Dissertation

Dissertation Overview All dissertations must include the following elements and pages:   Title page (aka cover page) Signature page (aka committee page but without signatures) Copyright page (strongly recommended to protect your scholarship) Abstract (We’ll [...]

Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

May 7th, 2020|Comments Off on Including Media in Your Scholarly Work

The contemporary reader has grown to appreciate, if not expect, visuals included in a piece of writing. Media in your dissertation or thesis can improve readability, and it’s become more common to see these additions [...]

Quick APA Table and Appendices Formatting Tips

May 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Quick APA Table and Appendices Formatting Tips

This reference is for tables and appendices only. Be sure to consult your department/program handbook to view the dissertation formatting requirements. Figures (e.g., photos or graphics) may have different formatting requirements. For formatting photos and [...]

Quick Dissertation Formatting Reference

May 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Quick Dissertation Formatting Reference

Congratulations! You’re ready to write your dissertation. One way to mitigate the “intimidation factor” of this manuscript is to begin with small steps. This resource encourages you to become familiar with the auto-formatting functions in [...]

Dissertation Survival Tips

April 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Dissertation Survival Tips

Suffering from writer’s block? Take a break! Try taking a shower or a short walk, then come back to your writing with fresh eyes.   Avoid burnout! While working on your dissertation, remember to give [...]

DOIs & URLs in References

January 27th, 2020|Comments Off on DOIs & URLs in References

DOIs & URLs in the Reference Section Answer:  Periodically, we field questions about how to properly format  online resources within the References section of a dissertation. Since online researching has become more of a standard [...]

What is my ORCID Number? 

January 26th, 2020|Comments Off on What is my ORCID Number? 

ORCID Scholar Number: AU students are required to include their ORCID [1] number on the title page of their dissertations/theses. Doing so, will ensure that the dissertation and your identity are protected and acknowledged. Similar [...]

On Writing Dissertations

November 5th, 2019|Comments Off on On Writing Dissertations

From the Director’s Desk: Writing a dissertation is a daunting enterprise: it’s the most in-depth researching and writing enterprise of your academic program.  Its chapters & their purposes can be unfamiliar and the pressure to [...]

Basics for Writing Literature Reviews

September 9th, 2019|Comments Off on Basics for Writing Literature Reviews

What is a Literature Review? The Literature Review overviews, analyzes, and sometimes critiques relevant previous research. It lays the groundwork for the original research presented in a thesis/dissertation by demonstrating that the research fills a [...]