Beth Hewett

Founder, Past-President, and Executive Writing Coach

Beth L. Hewett is the founding owner and past president of Defend and Publish. She trains the coaching team and is an Executive Coach. Beth holds a PhD from The Catholic University of America and an MA from Kansas State University. A postsecondary educator since 1980, she has taught basic to advanced writers, including multilingual and learning-disabled writers. Beth’s research interests are in online literacy instruction in digital settings, nineteenth-century American rhetoric, and grief education. She is the author, co-author, or editor of 13 books and the author or co-author of more than 40 articles/book chapters. As an educational consultant, Beth has trained post-secondary educators from a variety of disciplines about conducting writing conferences online and she has developed the structure for multiple Online Writing Labs (including TutorVista and Smarthinking). Publications include Teaching Writing in the 21st Century, Administering Writing Programs in the 21st Century, Supporting a Grieving Workforce, and Grief on the Road to Emmaus.


Languages: English; minor proficiency in Spanish and German

Why I Love Coaching

I love to coach adult academic writers because they’re just so darn smart! Regardless of their experience in academe, they have so much to offer–particularly in terms of perspective about the world and how their work can influence the problems they’ve chosen to study. My clients have taught me so much about many fascinating subjects, and they’ve pushed me to think more deeply about important concepts. My most valuable coaching skills include the ability to see the big picture of what’s going on in my clients’ writing, how that plays out in their affect and writing strategies, and how that bigger picture can be handled in small, doable tasks that get the job done. Let’s work together!

Selected Publications

Hewett, Beth L., Tiffany Bourelle, and Scott Warnock.Teaching Writing in the Twenty-First Century. MLA, 2021.

Bourelle, Tiffany, Beth L. Hewett, and Scott Warnock. Administering Writing Programs in the Twenty-First Century. MLA, 2021.

Hewett, Beth L. and Robbin Zeff Warner. Publishing an Academic Article: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics. Forest Hill, MD: Defend & Publish Books, 2017.

Hewett, Beth L. Reading to Learn and Writing to Teach: Literacy Strategies for OWI. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin’s P, 2015.

Hewett, Beth L. The Online Writing Conference: A Guide for Teachers and Tutors. Updated, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Originally published by Heinemann Boynton-Cook, 2010. Nominated for 2010 IWCA Book Award.

Hewett, Beth L. and DePew, Kevin, Eds. Foundational Practices of Online Writing Instruction. WAC Clearinghouse & Parlor Press. 2015.

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