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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, see the announcement at the top of WCOnline.
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
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.
Write-ins every Friday
Write-ins are dedicated blocks of time each Friday 1000–1430 when you can concentrate, write, and make progress on a paper or thesis. Held via Zoom, with writing coaches and librarians on hand for questions. No appointment required—come for all or part.
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.
Strategic Reading Infographics
So much reading, so little time! Adapted from Dr. Zach Shore's method, our Strategic Reading infographics will help you comprehend and synthesize authors' arguments efficiently:
- Part I explains how to quickly extract an author's argument and structure from a text.
- Part II walks through techniques for critiquing a text.
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.
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.
"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.
Page last modified February 18, 2021