Academic Editing and Coaching

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Are you in a graduate program and intimidated by having to write a thesis or dissertation? Overwhelmed by all the writing assignments you must tackle and unsure how to go about finding that academic “voice” and style that will please your professor? Are you a faculty member under pressure to produce, produce, produce, and all in the top peer-review journals or academic presses? Dr. Harper can help. Whether it is editing your academic papers, helping you conceptualize a research project, or helping you focus your mind and time to get those peer-reviewed articles out and those academic books done and over with, Dr. Harper has the skills, background, and understanding of how the process can best be accomplished as quickly and painlessly as possible—and most importantly, as insightfully as possible.

Academic editing services include content editing of peer-reviewed journal articles, grant proposals, theses, dissertations, and graduate papers. Dr. Harper has published her own work in peer-reviewed journals, written successful grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Fellowship Program and others detailed in her CV. She has also supervised or served as a committee member on a multitude of graduate theses and dissertations. Her expertise in these areas is primarily in the social sciences, humanities, public health sciences, social work, nursing, education and natural sciences.


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“As a graduate school student returning to school after 20 years, Dr.  Harper not only helped me regain my confidence, but coached me to become a much better academic writer.  As a former university professor, Dr.  Harper knows exactly how to coach students to write the best papers possible.  With her help I was just accepted at a prestigious Ivy League graduate program.  Dr. Harper has been an invaluable asset in my graduate school career.  On top of it, she is a lovely, brilliant, woman.  Dr. Harper is the best teammate any grad school student could ask for!” Catherine

Graduate Student

“I got accepted to [top tier university]!! And I wanted to take this opportunity and thank you for all your efforts. You are literally the reason, after god, that I have been accepted! My gratitude cannot be described in words! You have been wonderful and I shall be forever thankful!” International applicant for graduate studies in international development and food systems

“Without Janice’s coaching I would never have started writing my first book, let alone finished it! Janice helped me develop my authentic voice as a writer and taught me the essentials of memoir writing. She was patient while I learned how to accept and incorporate feedback, spent the time to understand my goals, and instinctively knew when I needed a pep talk, or a metaphorical kick in the butt to get me back on track. Janice helped me achieve my lifelong dream of becoming an author.” Gregory

“Special thanks goes to Janice Harper, a writing coach extraordinaire whom I had the fortuitous occasion to meet at a memoir writing workshop. After learning of her work as an anthropologist and casually mentioning Silver Screen Buddha to her, she generously offered her time and expertise to help me contain my panic and redirect it towards the completion of this book. Janice proved invaluable for helping me embrace a more clear and simple way of writing.” Sharon A. Suh,

Author, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015, Silver Screen Buddha: Buddhism in Asian and Western Film

“I just read over the [academic paper you edited] and it is absolutely wonderful. You have already done so much so I think I can fill in the blanks. Thank you so much you have been such a tremendous help.” Alex

Dr. Harper is offering individual writing coaching through Skype or telephone. She provides editing of weekly writing submissions and her coaching includes help with conceptualizing your book or project, developing a narrative arc, crafting characters, writing dialogue, developing memoir, conducting research, overcoming obstacles and “writer’s block,” maintaining a productive but manageable pace, and writing the proposal.

Contact Dr. Janice Harper for information on Academic Editing and Coaching