What we're about
*This writing Meetup is modeled after the "Sit Down, Shut Up, and Write" Meetup in Austin, TX.
Having trouble finishing your manuscript? Starting a term paper? Writing a long overdue love letter? Then this is the group for you! Flagstaff's Writing Meetup is exactly what it sounds like: an opportunity for writers to start, continue, or finish written works.
The Format: The first thirty minutes is reserved for introductions, chit-chat, purchasing food and drink, skimming writing books, exchanging ideas, yoga postures, Gregorian chants, or whatever gets you psyched to start writing.
We start writing promptly after the first thirty minutes and write for one hour. After the hour has concluded you can continue writing, leave, talk, or do whatever trips your trigger. Please don't disturb or talk to those who are still bent over their laptops working. Likewise, please don't give others the stink-eye if they are talking amongst themselves. Just be considerate and everything should be fine.
We won't go so far as to gag you and chain you to your laptop, but during the writing hour, we ban non-writing conversation and minimize even writing-related exchanged. Reading and surfing the web is also a no-no unless it's just for quick reference checks. Any lengthy researching should come AFTER the hour is up. This is NOT critique group. If you want to swap manuscripts with someone and garner some feedback, great! But please make those arrangements BEFORE or AFTER the writing hour. Remember, this may be the only hour you (and everyone else) get to write all week.
The Fees: There is no fee to attend. That's right! Zero dollars and zero cents, my friends. I, as organizer, will be covering all administrative costs for our Meetups. But you must make a minimum food or drink purchase at venues that require it. So that's it. No more excuses. No more procrastination. Fire up your laptops and sharpen your pencils. Then join us to sit down, shut up, and write! :) :)