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Shut Up & Write!® Online Events

San Francisco, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Online Events

Go to www.shutupwrite.com/organizers to host events for this Meetup!

At Shut Up & Write, we believe in the power of community—now more than ever. That’s why we’ve set up a variety of accountability structures online to keep you inspired to write from the safety of your home.

Online Events 

Organizers can now organize online events through MeetUp. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for organizers to create an online event here.

Virtual Chapter

We’ve launched a Virtual Chapter on our website! Discuss your daily progress, try your hand at a writing prompt, and share writing advice and tips in our new forums.

Word Sprints 

What’s a word sprint? We set a timer for 30 minutes and write, then report back with word counts and cheer each other on. Every weekday at 3pm PDT, we’re running #wordsprints on our Twitter account! Join in the fun @shutupwrite.

Monthly Challenges 

Sign up for one of our free Monthly Writing Challenges, where we provide prompts for five days or more to inspire your writing.

Tell us your thoughts! 

We welcome your suggestions and feedback – we want to support you in your writing practice. Reach out at questions@shutupwrite.com to let us know how we can help or if you’d like to get more involved with our efforts.

3921 members · Public

Poetry Connected (Zoom)

Oakland, CA

Poetry Connected (Zoom)

Welcome! This is an outlet to share our words, creativity, emotions! Come join us - read, listen, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to share your work, or respectively enjoy that of others. Positive critique is welcomed in the monthly workshop. 

Founded in April 2016 by Jeff Reed, Poetry Connected (formerly known as Walnut Creek Poetry Meetup) has continued to support local Bay Area poets with a supportive, judgement-free space. Leadership was passed to Ana Delgadillo and co-host Keith Mark Gaboury in November 2020.

Poetry Connected hopes to create a spark and appetite for poetry, spoken word, and expression in the heart of the East Bay -- and light the world on fire with curiosity and hope.


• Monday Night Poetry - Casual gathering on Zoom to be CREATIVE and call upon your inner MUSE. We will provide a prompt to help get you started.

• On the last Monday of the month, we will have a workshop group instead of a prompt. You are welcomed to bring work from prompt nights or new work that you would like feedback on. This is a supportive group where we give each other CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Please leave all negativity outside and be respectful when giving feedback. It is the writer's choice to take the feedback given. 


Due to Covid the following will be postponed until further notice.


Poetry in the Park — Words on the wind at a Contra Costa County park.

• Pop-up Poetry — Spoken words at random pop-up locations in the East Bay.

• aMUSEing — Write and share ekphrastic poetry inspired by art installations in the East Bay.

• Poetry Field trip — Let's go abroad and join other Meetups and Poetry enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area.

443 members · Public

San Francisco Podcaster Playground

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Podcaster Playground

The SF Podcaster Playground is a local, in-person community for podcasters of all experience levels and interests, from wannabe DIY podcasters starting from scratch, to specialized professionals in audio engineering, producing, journalism, creative writing, entertaining and videography. The SF Podcaster Playground is a free community for local podcast makers to collaborate with and support each other, and make more podcasts! Check out our current upcoming events, and let me know what you're looking for by starting a Meetup discussion or joining the San Francisco Podcaster Playground discord: https://discord.gg/atW6SqsMXa Here is an idea of the kinds of events you can expect in this group: **-\~=[ HANDS ON LEARNING ]=\~-** For podcasters who want to improve by doing and knowledge sharing and co-motivating with peers. Prolific experimentation + active community = profound artistic possibilities: \- Playground challenges to motivate making new things and pushing yourself in new techniques or collaborations \- "Homework buddies" series to apply what you're learning in specific lecture series or courses **-\~=[ COLLABORATION ]=\~-** For podcasters who are making specific shows and want to be part of giving and receiving feedback: \- Regular motivation/accountability checkins \- Feedback sessions on audio drafts \- Brainstorming sessions to pitch new episodes ideas **-\~=[ SOCIALIZING ]=\~-** For podcasters who want to make personable connections and help create a meaningful local community. All of our events are social in some way, but we also hold specifically social events such as: \- Find a cohost or guest speed dating \- Picnics\, city walks and get togethers over meals or frozen yogurt

16 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® Greater Sacramento Area

Sacramento, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Greater Sacramento Area

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/ 

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.

2329 members · Public

Bay Area Script Camp

Union City, CA

Bay Area Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

33 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® SF Bay Area

San Francisco, CA

Shut Up & Write!® SF Bay Area

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/ 

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.

6701 members · Public

Oakland Script Camp

Oakland, CA

Oakland Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

29 members · Public

Sacramento Script Camp

Sacramento, CA

Sacramento Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

19 members · Public

San Jose Script Camp

San Jose, CA

San Jose Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

22 members · Public

Mountain View Script Camp

Mountain View, CA

Mountain View Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

13 members · Public

Stockton Script Camp

Stockton, CA

Stockton Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

16 members · Public

Writers Meetup at the Livermore Public Library

Livermore, CA

Writers Meetup at the Livermore Public Library

Have you dreamed of writing your first book, journal entry, short story, or poem? Are you a published writer seeking support and encouragement? Are you struggling to find the motivation to write?

You are not alone! Join an established group that's been meeting since March 2017! <br>

Write. Share. Make connections. Get advice. <br>

Note: For adults 18 and up. <br>

<b>What does it cost?</b> <br>----------------------- <br>Free.

Where do the meetups take place? <br>------------------------------------------------ <br>The Livermore Public Library (Civic Center main branch).

When do the meetups take place? <br>----------------------------------------------- <br>The first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 8:30.

What are the group goals? <br>------------------------------------- <br>• To be a safe and encouraging writers group that is open to all genres and all levels—even those who have never journaled or written a short story or poem, or shared what they've written in secret. ^_^ Furthermore, some participants focus more on nonfiction, memoir, and poetry.

• To improve our writing craft (for example, plot, dialogue, character development) through guided discussion of selected books. <br> <br>We sometimes schedule time at the end of the meeting to provide feedback on submitted pieces. For more information, see the individual meetup event.

What is a typical agenda? <br>-------------------------- <br>(Somewhat flexible to meet the needs of each session's participants.) <br>6:30 = Inspirational quote.
6:30 - 6:45 = Introduce yourself and what you've been working on (1-2 min).
6:45 - 7:15 = Free writing exercise (story dice) and sharing. No judging!
7:15 - 7:45 = Free writing exercise (story prompt) and sharing. No judging!
7:45 - 8:30 = Guided discussion on a group-selected writing craft book.
8:30 = Session closing (next meeting = 2 February 2021).
8:30+ = Brainstorming for topics and activities.

78 members · Public

Cupertino Script Camp

Cupertino, CA

Cupertino Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

13 members · Public

Santa Barbara Script Camp

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

17 members · Public

Valley Writers Group

Fresno, CA

Valley Writers Group

The Valley Writers Group started in September of 2011. We usually meet in libraries on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. Our goal is to help each other to become better writers. If you want someone to critique your manuscript, you are asked to help other writers by critiquing their manuscripts. If you’d want to sit in on a meeting and decide if we’re the right fit for you, you’re welcome to join us. Our members range from beginners to published authors and novelists. Each meeting has a critique session. Members email each other a maximum of 4,000 words one week before our meetings so we can critique them at our meetings. We don’t exist to crush someone’s spirit, we help authors to improve their writing by telling them what we like and what could be improved.

Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers. Please take a look at them if you’re not sure if you should join us.

Are there any membership dues to join?

No, but if you’d like to pitch in to keep our meetings posted on MeetUp, we’d welcome that.

I’ve written a story, a novel, or something else. Do I have to attend meetings to have it critiqued?

Yes. If you want our help, we’d like your help too. You can learn a lot about writing during our face-to-face critique sessions.

I’m a beginner. How can I critique someone else’s writing?

Let them know what you liked and let them know if you had trouble understanding something an author wrote.

Can I send my manuscript to the group to be critiqued before my first meeting?

Sorry, no. If you want our help, you must attend a meeting first. You’ll witness how we critique each other’s work and see if you’d like to do the same thing.

I just want my novel edited. Can I send my whole novel to the group?

No. We’re not an editing service. That’s a lot of work, kind of like asking somebody if they’ll mow your yard for a year. However, lots of members send out chapters of their novels to be critiqued at our meetings.

I can’t attend every meeting because I work or go to school. Can I still join the Valley Writers Group? Yes, but don’t ask us to critique your writing if you’re not going to be at the meeting to return the favor.

I’ve been in another writers group where members would make toxic comments. Does this happen in your group?

If anybody tries this with our group, they’ll be warned once and asked to leave if it happens a second time. We’re here to help each other to become better writers, not to convince anyone they should give up their dreams.

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