Writing is stressful and hard for everyone—regardless of experience. You are normal. You are not alone. You will feel amazing on the other side of this deadline. Let’s get there!

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Application essay. Term paper. Thesis. Dissertation. Abstract. Article. Conference presentation. Book or book proposal. Whatever your project you probably have a lot riding on it, which adds anxiety to work that’s hard enough already. Worse still, people seem to think of writing as a solitary endeavor—a burden to shoulder alone. As a veteran writer, college composition instructor, professional writing tutor, and developmental editor, I am here to tell you that is simply not true. The best writing is almost always the result of extensive revision based on feedback and conversation. Getting help with your writing is not a sign of weakness; it is an investment in your success.

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Illustrations by Matt McDole

I have spent the past decade working with writers across the disciplines, including anthropology, art history, biology, business, chemistry, engineering, computer science, history, linguistics, law, literature, math, medicine, and psychology.

My coaching philosophy and practice are rooted in these core beliefs:

  • All writers need readers
  • Writing is a process of discovery, growth, and change
  • Supportive environments help us meet writing fears and insecurities head on
  • Small victories add up in big ways

I have now assisted hundreds of writers—from college freshmen to tenured professors—develop (and complete!) specific writing projects and improve their relationships with writing. I look forward to helping you too!

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“I worked with Abby throughout my entire undergraduate career. When I started college, I had a lot of anxiety when it came to writing papers. Abby did an amazing job teaching me skills and strategies to tackle papers bit by bit. Abby is patient, compassionate, and insightful. Abby gave me confidence and the support I needed on term papers, presentations, and my applications to graduate school. When I started college, I never thought I’d end up in a profession where I would be writing every day. Now I am in a PhD program! Abby is amazing, and I was very lucky to have worked with her.”

—Emily Sumner, PhD Student in Cognitive Science

“I had been working on my paper for some time, and while I felt that something was missing, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what needed to be done to elevate it to publishable form. Enter Abby G. Abby sent me insightful (but also encouraging!) feedback, covering a wide range of issues I had managed to miss. I am impressed with Abby’s attention to detail and her ability to “see” various ways in which a paper can take form—even if the writer herself can’t. I would not be exaggerating if I said that Abby saved my paper.”

—Dr. Michal Kofman, Assistant Professor of Sociology