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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 Format

It 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.

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

Please join us for an hour and a half of ONLINE writing. Although it's not quite the same as meeting in person, we offer some of the same benefits of accountability and the group writing experience.

This is a supportive group for writers of all kinds, sponsored by the California Writers Club SF Peninsula Branch. 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.

We sincerely hope to see everyone again in person before too long at our beloved Penelope's Coffee & Tea in Foster City, CA.

WHAT WE'LL DO (note a few differences from in-person format)

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.

09:45 - 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.

11:15 - Writing session ends. Stay for a few minutes of optional check-in if you wish.

If you join after 09:45 a.m., please remain muted so you don't disturb others.

Online Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom

Online event

To join our Zoom Meeting click the link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-itqTkoH9BodWQ8fQeOK9nDw8J8Y7Kh

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Staying at home to do your civic duty during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us for an hour of writing from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together. See if it’s true for you at 6:30pm PST on Wednesday evenings.

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. And don’t worry, no one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice.

SCHEDULE:
6:30 - Quick introductions
6:45 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
7:45 - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing

WHAT DO I NEED?
A computer with working camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and optionally, headphones.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Technical difficulties are part and parcel of getting together online.

If you’ve never used your computer for an online meeting, take a few minutes before we meet to familiarize yourself with how to use Zoom by reviewing this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VebiA5pGq0

If you run into technical issues, remember that this is the time you’ve carved out for yourself and your writing. Whether or not you were able to join our online meet-up, go ahead and get your writing started, then leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

Shut Up & Write!™ Silicon Valley Hybrid Session (Campbell, CA/Zoom)

HYBRID 1.5 HR EDITION WITH A 1 HOUR OF SILENT WRITING TIME.

JOIN VIA ZOOM OR IN-PERSON AT PHILZ COFFEE IN CAMPBELL.

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 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings on Zoom or in-person at:

Philz Coffee: 1976 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

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 (unless you ask for it). Instead of just thinking about writing, come, and get some real writing done.

SCHEDULE:
6:30 - Chat
6:45 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
7:45 - More Chat
8:00 - Sign off/Philz Closes

Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing.

Thanks...Chris

PS: Here are some links I've found helpful:
- https://www.makealivingwriting.com/
- https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview
- https://kdp.amazon.com

Shut Up & Write!™ Silicon Valley (San Jose)

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Join us for writing from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together. See if it’s true for you at 10:00 AM on Fridays!

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. And don’t worry, no one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice.

SCHEDULE:
10:00-10:15 - Introductions
10:15-12:00 - Shut Up & Write!
12:00 - Check back in

WHAT DO I NEED?
A computer with working camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and optionally, headphones.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Technical difficulties are part and parcel of getting together online.

If you’ve never used your computer for an online meeting, take a few minutes before we meet to familiarize yourself with how to use Zoom by reviewing the below tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VebiA5pGq0

If you run into technical issues, remember that this is the time you’ve carved out for yourself and your writing. Whether or not you were able to join our online meet-up, go ahead and get your writing started, then leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

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