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Video Introduction to the GWC:

Our Mission:

​​​​​​​To develop the writing and critical thinking skills of NPS students for success in graduate school and as military and civilian leaders.

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Corona updates

Safe Return Update!

As of Summer Quarter 2021, students can now choose an on-campus or virtual coach in WCOnline. For more information, download our COVID-19 FAQ.

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Coaching Hours: Spring 2014


Hours (Pacific Time Zone)

Live Coaching Appointment Hours

Asynchronous coaching also offered daily




0900–1400, 1500–1800




1000–1200, 1400–1600


1000–1100, 1200–1300,
1400–1500, 1600–1700

Library Drop-in Hours



Write-in Hours:




Contact the Graduate Writing Center

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First floor, Dudley Knox Library

To contact an individual GWC member, go to Contact Us (NPS login required).

Welcome to the Graduate Writing Center

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.

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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.

Fall Workshops

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.

Writing Opportunities

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.

New Resources

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.

Abstracts Infographic

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.

Video Highlights

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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