GWC intro video

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.

SIGN-UP: Coaching & Workshops


Please share your experiences.

Corona updates

Safe Return Update!

As of Summer Quarter 2021, students can now choose an on-campus or virtual coach in WCOnline. For more information, download our COVID-19 FAQ.

GWC Social Media Tabs

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

contact usContact the GWC
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.

GWC announcements slider
GWC announcements text

​​​​​GWC Events

Summer Workshops Online 

Sign up now for DKL and GWC online summer 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 July 8–30. Enroll via WCOnline.


​​​​​​GWC 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 write-ins every Friday, 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.

​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.

New Resources

Zotero Examples: APA and IEEE 

The NPS Citation Guide now includes Zotero examples for APA and IEEE, in addition to Chicago Notes & Bibliography / Turabian! Next to each source type is a Zotero link that points to a template showing how to produce a properly formatted result. Proofreading remains essential, but with these examples, your citations and references will be well on their way!

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.

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.

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.

"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 July 26, 2021