What we're about

Shut Up & Write!™ is more than a movement, more than a good idea. We’re a method of writing that delivers. As an international organization, we are thousands of writers in a worldwide community, but most importantly, we are writers who write together in a local cafe. Join us.

We have events every week, all over. Sometimes we talk after. Whatever you’re writing, whatever form it takes, wherever you are in your process, you won’t be the only one.

And if you need help with your writing, we offer that too.Want to know more? Check us out: www.shutupwrite.com. Or get in touch: questions@shutupwrite.com.

Meetup Event FormatIt is an empowering and rewarding experience to write an hour each week, at the same time and place. It serves as powerful support for building your daily writing discipline.

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled. At the Meetup our Organizer will lead introductions and then everyone will sit down and write.

Afterwards, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. The Shut Up & Write!™ format brings a social facet to a normally isolated craft.

Our Meetups are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.“ - Gloria Steinem

This is your time to write.

Upcoming events (5)

Shut Up & Write! Saturday [Mountain View]

Le Boulanger

Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2 pm on Saturday afternoons. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 2:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 2:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 3:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 3:30pm. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up and get settled, then check-in with me after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. Other Important Details: SEATING INFORMATION: We will use a row of tables to the right side of the main entrance . GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write! Saturday [Mountain View]

Le Boulanger

Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2 pm on Saturday afternoons. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 2:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 2:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 3:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 3:30pm. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up and get settled, then check-in with me after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. Other Important Details: SEATING INFORMATION: We will use a row of tables to the right side of the main entrance . GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write!™ San Jose

Main Street Bagel

**ONLINE ON DISCORD** Due to shelter in place until further notice. We get together pretty often feel free to join! https://discord.gg/Nr55FC7 Message Josue when you join! Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 11am on Sunday mornings. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 11:00am - SESSION 1: quick intros. 11:15am- timer starts: write for 1 hour. 12:15pm - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Main Street Bagel closes at 5pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 12:15pm. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up and get settled, then check-in with me after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Main Street Bagel! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. Bring your laptop precharged. Not many outlets. Other Important Details: TRAVEL / PARKING: A lot of parking around the area. SEATING INFORMATION: We will be seated on the right as you come in. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write!™ Silicon Valley (ONLINE - CWC SF Peninsula)

Penelope's coffee and tea

WE'RE MOVING ONLINE! (And sorry I cannot seem to get rid of the Penelope's location--but the Zoom link should appear after you register.) Please join for an hour and a half of writing--with accountability and partners! Although it's not quite the same as meeting in person (and we won't have Penelope's yummy omelette waffles or coffee and tea), it can be nice to have some routines and familiar activities. We sincerely hope to see everyone again in person before too long at our beloved Penelope's Coffee & Tea in Foster City. WHAT WE'LL DO (regular in-person attendees, please note a few differences from in-person format) This is a supportive group for writers of all kinds. Whether you write for professional, personal, or other reasons, come prepared to work. Note that this is not a sharing or critique group, but you are welcome to discuss your work during our check-in time. 09:30 - Intros and check-in. If you join early, you can hang out in the Zoom waiting room but the session won't begin until the host starts it. 10:00 - We'll mute our microphones (just like we "shut up and write" when we're in person) and write for 1-1/2 hours. You can leave earlier if you want a shorter session. 11:30 - Session ends. NOTE: We'll say a quick goodbye but won't keep the Zoom meeting open much past ending time. If you join after 10:00 a.m., please remain in mute so you don't disturb others.

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