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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



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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 

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. ​​​​​

New Resources

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.

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.

Page last modified February 18, 2021