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GWC coaches work with students remotely! Download our COVID FAQ. For coaching help, visit our Distance Learners page, contact your coach, or email For further information, see the announcement at the top of WCOnline.

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Coaching Hours: Spring 2014

Hours (PST)

Live Coaching Appointment Hours:

Asynchronous coaching also offered daily.




0900–1400, 1500–1800




1000–1200, 1300–1500



Online 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).

OUR Mission


Our Mission

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

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 well takes on increasing importance. Becoming a strong writer requires practice, constructive feedback, and a solid understanding of writing techniques. Our coaches and instructors support you throughout this educational process, providing guidance as you develop course papers and thesis chapters.

Learn how to sign up for writing coaching and workshops, then view our WCOnline calendars to sign up.

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GWC Events 

Spring Workshops Open for Registration

Sign up now for GWC and DKL Spring workshops! Sharpen your research, writing, and critical-thinking skills. In 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 March 30–April 23. Enroll via WCOnline

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!”
  • "A space to work on projects and papers with other like-minded students."

Friday write-ins via Zoom start up again April 16, 1000-1430! Join a write-in for 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 Faculty Workshops
for Improving Students' Writing

March 17–April 29 

Registration is now open for a new series of workshops, by faculty and for faculty, hosted by the Writing Center Consortium for Graduate-Level Professional Military Education. Seven unique hands-on workshops allow faculty to share practices that improve student writing outcomes. See the calendar for schedule and descriptions and register here.

Registration closes 36 hours prior to each workshop. To register after registration closes, please contact

New Resources

Common Knowledge Infographic

To cite or not to cite? It may depend on whether the information is common knowledge, which in turn depends on your audience. Our common knowledge infographic will help you determine whether information in your writing is common for all readers, common for field-specific readers, or commonly uncommon!

Video: 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..

Literature Review Infographic

What's a literature review for? What should it include? How should it be organized? Our quick guide to literature reviews breaks down the process into four clear steps.

Online Services

Asynchronous Coaching Daily

Whether you’re overseas or overloaded, you can get writing help any time by signing up for asynchronous coaching. Submit a draft to the Writing Center for feedback on critical thinking and writing mechanics, then receive feedback by 1700 PDT the day of your appointment without a real-time coaching session. Learn more about async coaching.

Drop-in Coaching via Zoom

Have a quick question? A short paper that's due today? Drop in and talk to a coach on Zoom! Offered M–F, 1300–1400 PST. Check WCOnline or this page for details.

Video Highlights

"What's Different About Academic Writing?"

Don't miss this six-minute refresher on the fundamentals of academic writing.

"Plagiarism's Haunting Legacy"

Also check out "Plagiarism's Haunting Legacy" (5:27), a video produced by the Thesis Processing Office, to get an idea of how pervasive and harmful plagiarism is.

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