Dismantle Writing Services

Words Make Worlds.

Let’s Write a Better World Together.

Dismantle Writing is a full-service writing agency specializing in social impact companies, nonprofits, women and minority owned small businesses, ethical fashion, and writers of nonfiction.

What We Offer

Dismantle Writing offers a range of services, from storytelling strategies for businesses and nonprofits to 1:1 coaching with individual writers. In addition, we offer a wide variety of research, content and copywriting services. Looking to learn a new skill or hone your craft? We also lead workshops, classes and (coming soon!) retreats. Basically, if it involves words, we can probably help! 

 What Matters To Us

Dismantle Writing continues in the spirit of Dismantle Magazine. We believe in community, not hierarchy. We believe in adding meaning to the world, not just feeding algorithms with pointless content. We believe that social impact companies and nonprofits can be a force for dismantling oppression and rebuilding a more equitable and joyful world. 

We love collaborating with organizations, entrepreneurs and individual writers who are working to make the world better than it is right now. 

Why Work With Us?

Sara and Elise are the dynamic duo behind Dismantle Writing Services. We bring together a depth and diversity of experience you’d usually need a whole team to achieve! We met while earning our PhDs in cultural studies at UC Davis. This experience trained us to be rigorous critical thinkers who know how to translate complex ideas into engaging stories for a wide audience — skills we honed teaching college classes, and continued as freelance writers and as editors and co-founders of Dismantle Magazine. 

In addition, Elise is a trained sociologist, while Sara’s earlier academic background included literary and fashion studies. Sara also has several years experience in nonprofit communications and development, while Elise has worked in public relations. You can learn more about Sara and Elise by clicking here. See some of our past work samples here.

Everything we do is motivated by two things:

  1. Our love of words. We believe that words have power — they make worlds. 
  2. Our love of collaboration. We created Dismantle so we could continue collaborating after graduate school, and we would love to collaborate with you, too!
Sara Bernstein
Sara Tatyana Bernstein, PhD
Elise Chatelain
Elise M. Chatelain, PhD

What We Offer

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Consulting for Businesses and Nonprofits

We’ll work with you to clarify your ideas, synthesize your message, translate jargon, and find an engaging writing voice. We’ll support you in speaking authentically while telling your company’s story. We also create content calendars and strategies, and more.

Content and Copywriting

  • Services include:
  • Blog posts (longform, short form, optimized, B2B, B2C)
  • Web copy
  • Emails
  • Newsletters
  • Annual Reports
  • Presentations
  • Social Media
  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Fundraising campaign asks
  • And more!
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Coaching for Writers

We help writers get started, finish or generally get unstuck with their writing. This may include establishing a writing practice, overcoming the voice that says you’re doing this wrong, getting feedback on existing drafts or generating something new. As coaches, we will be there as a source of support that helps you transition into “writer mode.” Learn more here.

Workshops and Classes

Our popular course, “Your Public Voice,” is for Scholars and Advanced Professionals who want to turn their research and expertise into compelling stories for a general audience. Stay tuned for more offerings!

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Retreats (Coming Soon!)

Watch this space! Very exciting things to come.