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Doctoral Writers

Dissertation Triage Program

Dissertations are challenging – potentially the most complex piece of writing any academic will write – so it’s natural to need extra support. WEX’s Dissertation Triage is a six-week program designed to support you in writing your dissertation. If you’re feeling stuck, unmotivated, overwhelmed, or just know that getting help makes sense, Dissertation Triage is a vital step to success.

The WEX Writing Experts have designed Dissertation Triage to provide doctoral students with individualized writing support that will quickly identify effective strategies to overcome the challenges of writing the dissertation.  Dissertation Triage includes online meetings and editing with Dr. Tamara Holloway.

  • 1  hour of initial consultation to review needs & create strategy
  • 2  half-hour check-ins to monitor progress & ask questions
  • 5  hours of editing spread over 6 weeks

Reduced Rate to AU Students     ––    $299

Dr. Tamara Holloway is a WEX PhD Coach and experienced editor, writer, and faculty member. She received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon and has spent nearly twenty years teaching and supporting writers.

As the adage goes:  “A good dissertation is a done dissertation.”

Getting help is easy and accessible. Click here to sign up! 

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 [...]

Don’t write as a solitary endeavor!

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.

Resources for Writing Your Dissertation

AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

August 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on AU Dissertation Front Page Templates

Antioch Dissertation Writers may find it difficult and frustrating to correct the format of a dissertation according to AU guidelines, especially if the document is already written. WEX is here to help! Below you'll find [...]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

March 15th, 2019|Comments Off on WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

We’ve asked the WEX editors about the common APA errors they’re seeing in dissertations and have created this list in the hopes writers might have an advantage in self-editing their dissertations. Here we go:   [...]

On Writing Dissertations

November 5th, 2018|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 [...]

How to Make Beautiful APA Tables and Appendices for Theses and Dissertations Using Microsoft Word

October 8th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Make Beautiful APA Tables and Appendices for Theses and Dissertations Using Microsoft Word

Tables To communicate research results in a compelling and accessible manner, many students will need to include APA style tables in their theses and Dissertations. (Note that a table is different from a figure. A [...]

Writing Abstracts

June 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Writing Abstracts

As researchers, doctoral students have already relied on abstracts to glean the relevance of an article. In the same way, the doctoral abstract is the general overview of the dissertation  proposal and the subsequent dissertation [...]

Where’s the Consistency?  

April 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Where’s the Consistency?  

Director’s Desk: Where’s the Consistency?   When Academic Program Handbooks and the APA Manual Disagree You’ve made it this far with APA and for the most part the manual has been consistent in presenting definitive [...]

Rules with Academic Degrees

January 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Rules with Academic Degrees

WEX has had a few questions in the past couple of months regarding ways of acknowledging academic degrees in our writing, and we hope this posting would help clarify the rules.   Capitalization: In the [...]

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Formatting Tips for Track Changes

December 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Formatting Tips for Track Changes

Wex Editors use "Track Changes" for their in-text corrections and comments. When working with tracked changes and/or comments to a document, you're going to want to access the "review" section of MS Word. When your [...]

Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals

April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals

Keep in mind that the goal of writing proposals is to argue two things: Your project is worth doing. Is it substantial? Is it interesting? Is it original? You are well-prepared to do it. Do [...]

The Dissertation – Chapter Breakdown

April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on The Dissertation – Chapter Breakdown

A traditional dissertation is comprised of five chapters: Introduction, Review of Literature, Methodology, Findings, Conclusions, Discussion & Future Considerations. ( In a four-chapter dissertation, the literature review is integrated into the first chapter.) Chapter 1: [...]

Dissertation & Thesis Writing Groups

April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Dissertation & Thesis Writing Groups

Starting a writing group is a very good way to keep you connected and supported during what can be an isolating act of writing. The scheduled meetings should be frequent enough to keep the writing momentum going—a [...]

The Review of Literature as a Research Essay

April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on The Review of Literature as a Research Essay

The Review of Literature is often a daunting academic writing task. While there are sometimes specific purposes outlined by your faculty member, most reviews of literature serve as an overview of the research that support [...]

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

April 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Writing an Annotated Bibliography

The Annotated Bibliography is a standard academic writing exercise that stimulates critical thinking through researching, analyzing, and evaluating those resources to compose effective annotations. The Annotated Bibliography reflects the researcher's understanding and evaluation of sources, [...]

Helpful Texts While Writing the Doctoral Proposal and/or Dissertation

Cone, J.D. & Foster, S.L. (2006). Dissertations and theses: From start to finish – Psychology and related fields (2nd Ed). Washington, DC: APA.

Davis, G. B., Parker, C.A, (2012). Writing the doctoral proposal: A systemic approach. Hauppage, NY: Barron’s.

Feak, C.B & Swales, J.M. (2009). Telling a research story: Writing a literature review. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Krathwohl, D.R. & Smith, N.L. (2005). How to prepare a dissertation proposal: Suggestions for students in education and behavioral sciences. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Machi, L.A & McEvoy, B.T.  (2009). Six steps to success: The literature review. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.