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Welcome to the Graduate Writing Center
Being a good writer will empower you. In a world where security challenges require careful analysis, writing takes on increasing importance. Becoming a strong writer requires practice, constructive feedback, and a solid understanding of technique. Learn how to sign up for writing coaching and workshops, then go to WCOnline to sign up.
Join Write-ins on Campus or Online!
Write-ins occur every Friday, 1000–1430 Pacific Time, both in person in the Executive Briefing Center, Herrmann Hall, and via Zoom. Write-ins give you a place to concentrate, write, and make progress on a paper or thesis, with writing coaches and librarians on hand to help. No appointment required—come for all or part of the time. (Special location! Writes-in will be in the DKL map room Dec. 3.)
Calls for Papers: Get published!
Visit our Calls for Papers page to learn about exciting competitions and other publication opportunities open to NPS students. Next up: the U.S. Naval Institute 2021 General Prize Essay Contest and the 2022 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition: "Insights from Two Decades in Afghanistan."
"Plagiarism Prevention 101"
As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Learn the fundamentals of responsible, effective, plagiarism-free use of sources with our "Plagiarism Prevention 101" presentation, featuring lessons and exercises to help keep your papers in tip-top shape.
If abstracts are feeling a bit...abstract, have a look at our abstracts infographic, which gives concrete guidance about what components to include to summarize your document effectively.
Finding & Working with Your Thesis Advisor
This must-see video is the best relationship advice you’ll get in grad school! In 7:40, you’ll learn about 1) how to find a thesis advisor, 2) your advisor's role, and 3) your role with your advisor.
"What's Different About Academic Writing?"
Don't miss this six-minute refresher on the fundamentals of academic writing.
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