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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.
Foundations of Academic Writing
28 September, 1500–1630, in King Hall or via Zoom Webinar
In this presentation—mandatory for all new students—you will learn the basics of what is expected of your written work, gain survival skills, and receive an overview of the writing process, whether your task is a two-page executive summary or a multichapter thesis.
GWC & DKL Online Workshops
Sharpen your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills in rewarding 60- to 90-minute Zoom sessions. GWC coaches and DKL librarians teach proven strategies and techniques to help you excel in your coursework, exams, and theses. Offered Sept. 29–Oct. 22. Enroll via WCOnline.
"My Glory Never Dies": The Military in Literature, Film, and Onstage
Take a break, exercise your imagination, and build community! This unique workshop series uses prose, poetry, plays, and film to explore the role that the military has played in the arts. Offered Thursdays 1700–2000, Oct. 7–Nov. 4. Held in person in ME Auditorium! Participants are required to be fully vaccinated.
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 Strategy Bridge's quarterly call for submissions and the 2021 Major General Harold J. “Harry” Greene Awards for Acquisition Writing.
Students are telling us: "Write-ins work"
- “The most productive use of Friday prior to the weekend.”
- “Library and writing resources are second to none!"
Join Write-ins every Friday, 1000–1430 Pacific Time! Write-ins give you a place to concentrate, write, and make progress on a paper or thesis. Writing coaches and librarians are on hand to help. No appointment required—come for all or part of the time.
Zotero Examples: APA and IEEE
The NPS Citation Guide now includes Zotero examples for APA and IEEE, in addition to Chicago Notes & Bibliography / Turabian! Simply click on the Zotero link next to each source type and see how to produce a properly formatted result.
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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