Doctoral Writers

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

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.