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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.
Voices Unmasked: COVID-era Poetry
We invite NPS students, faculty, and staff—new and experienced poets alike—to share and discuss original poetry written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voices Unmasked provides contributors and readers with a platform for creative expression. Discover how poetry improves dexterity with the written word, teaches us to think in new ways, and unites us as a community.
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."
Join Friday write-ins via Zoom, 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.
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.
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 Pacific 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 Pacific Time. 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 April 28, 2021