Our mission

The mission of the Writing Coach Coop is to help writers use their own words with confidence and clarity to achieve their publication, communication, and education goals.

Our coaches

The Writing Coach Coop is a group of experienced writing coaches and editors, who have degrees from elite universities and have been trained as consultants in university writing centers. Our writing coaches and editors have degrees from elite universities and experience supporting writers in a variety of research, academic, and professional contexts.

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Sarah Sachs

Founding Member, Editor


Sarah is a sociologist and creative writer based in Sacramento, California. She has coached adult writers in a variety of academic  disciplines. These days, Sarah works primarily as an academic editor, editing dissertations, book chapters, and journal articles for peer review. She provides detail-oriented copy-editing as well as feedback on argumentation, structure, and narrative. She also offers substantive comments on social science manuscripts.


In addition, Sarah works with prospective students on admissions and employment materials. Writing about oneself is difficult for most of us. Sarah helps students develop a coherent narrative of themselves and their potential fit for their desired program or position. Sarah particularly enjoys helping students in engineering or science, who sometimes struggle with narrative, as well as writers who are still developing their voices in written English.


In 2019, Sarah received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University in 2021.


Journal Articles

Book Manuscripts

Theses & Dissertations

Grant Proposals

Short Stories

Application Essays

Employment Materials


Lisa Avron

Editor, Writing Coach


Lisa is a social science researcher and author based in Sacramento, California. During her PhD candidacy at Cornell University, she taught several undergraduate writing courses and served as a trusted peer reviewer for her colleagues’ articles and dissertation chapters. 


She specializes in helping scholars translate complex conceptual work into engaging writing, breaking down disciplinary specific language into plain speech, and untangling webs of ideas into well-organized articles and chapters. While she provides help with big-picture thinking, she also offers detailed copy-editing.


Lisa is also a pro at coaching clients on their application materials for undergraduate and graduate programs, helping future scholars narrow down their research questions, describe their personal stories, and define what they hope to contribute to their field of study. She’s excited to help you find your authorial voice and put your best foot forward.


Journal Articles

Thesis and Book Chapters

Application Essays

Employment Materials 

Coaching College-Level Writing