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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

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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Writing Opportunities

Join Write-ins in Herrmann Hall or Online!

​​​​Write-ins occur every Friday, 1000–1430 Pacific Time, both in person in the Executive Briefing Center, Herrmann Hall, and via Zoom. Write-ins give you a place to concentrate, write, and make progress on a paper or thesis, with writing coaches and librarians on hand to help. No appointment required—come for all or part of the time.

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 U.S. Naval Institute 2021 General Prize Essay Contest and the 2022 General William E. DePuy Special Topics Writing Competition: "Insights from Two Decades in Afghanistan."

New Resources

"Plagiarism Prevention 101"

As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Learn the fundamentals of responsible, effective, plagiarism-free use of sources with our "Plagiarism Prevention 101" presentation, featuring lessons and exercises to help keep your papers in tip-top shape.

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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