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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.

4252 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.

2362 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.

481 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.

6717 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

26 members · Public

Creative Spirit Screenwriters

Culver City, CA

Creative Spirit Screenwriters

Read Scripts and Provide Feedback Online Via Zoom The purpose of this group is to support writers in learning, practicing, and fine-tuning the craft of screenwriting. We provide a safe environment for screenwriters to solicit and provide constructive feedback, share ideas, and hear their words read aloud. This group supports the development of professional screenwriters, so please be respectful and supportive of others’ goals and ideas. The name “Creative Spirit” comes from a Native American filmmaking initiative. We encourage diverse scripts by Indigenous, Black, POC, LGBTQ, and women writers. Scripts by straight white men are okay too. Although the name says “screenwriters,” we’ll consider anything in script format, including plays and comic books. We’re creative like that. We also welcome actors who want to practice their table-read skills with "live" screenplays. Help us poor screenwriters who stumble over our own words. If you wish to submit pages to have read during the meetup, you must RSVP on Meetup and say you're submitting "pages" to reserve a spot. Each week we'll read four sets of pages in the order their authors RSVP’d. New members may sign up for pages after attending one meeting and observing. New members, please give your email address to the organizers so they can share the Google Drive folder with you. Members having their pages read should deposit 10-15 pages of their original script into their Google Drive folder in PDF format. Writers cast readers for the characters and narration out of the meeting's attendees. Readings are followed by open critique, which should be geared toward helping writers improve their work. Bring an open mind, be respectful of your peers, and together we’ll have fun.

44 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay

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.

627 members · Public