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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.

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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.

2290 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.

418 members · Public

Exploring Your Creative Writing Potential

Berkeley, CA

Exploring Your Creative Writing Potential

This ten-week course through the UC Berkeley Extension for beginning writers will be offered Spring Term 2021 and will help you assess your potential, identify your strengths, and learn valuable writing techniques. Class exercises and weekly writing assignments help you discover your talents in a variety of forms: short fictional scenes, short story, poetry, and journalistic writing. A supportive atmosphere enables you to see how others respond to your writing. On completion, you should have a clearer sense of your writing strengths and directions to take for more advanced courses. Taught by Clive Matson, who began his writing career among the Beat Generation in 1960s New York City, mentored by Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners and Diane Di Prima, who published his first book, Mainline to the Heart. Clive’s foundation in Modernism, and his MFA from Columbia University, have supported a 40+ year career as one of the premier creative writing teachers that is unrivaled. He is among the last writers who lived the experience of the culmination of Modernism and will bring that experience to the workshops. You will receive prompts in writing exercises during class and you will get feedback and advice with far more understanding and support than is usual in writing classes. Clive has published nine volumes of poetry and the writing textbook "Let the Crazy Child Write," used in writing programs globally. His observations on the culmination of Modernism in the writing of the Beats have been published recently in Caveat Lector and in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Beat Studies.

214 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

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.

25 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.

11 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.

12 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.

5 members · Public

UCLA Script Camp

Los Angeles, CA

UCLA 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.

51 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.

16 members · Public

Modesto Script Camp

Modesto, CA

Modesto 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.

7 members · Public

Women Screenwriters Workshop

Los Angeles, CA

Women Screenwriters Workshop

We are a community of aspiring film and television screenwriters providing support and script feedback for writers who identify as female or nonbinary. Our members workshop their scripts with the goal of submitting their work to contests, fellowships, and writing labs throughout the year.


GENERAL INFO:

Script submissions open 30 DAYS PRIOR to each Meetup, and are open to all members who have RSVP'd for that event. Projects emailed to womenwritersLA@gmail.com are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for each workshop. Once your project has been confirmed, you are welcome to revise your draft up until the final deadline posted on the event page. Script spot availability is posted in the COMMENTS section of each event page. Scripts submitted by waitlisted writers may be accepted as alternates.


Workshops are typically posted 6 weeks prior to the event and we can accommodate 10-12 attendees per session. Once the 10-12 spots are full, all other RSVPs will be waitlisted. Update your Meetup RSVP status if you cannot attend or don't have time to read the scripts -- that's the only way a waitlisted writer can take your spot.


Be sure to check the event details for your specific workshop, as we have various types of critique sessions!


30 PAGE SCRIPT WORKSHOPS:

We critique up to 30 PAGES of FOUR SCRIPTS at this Meetup. Writers can submit a maximum of 30 script pages per workshop (any 30 pages of your draft, it does not have to be the first 30). If you are submitting pages beyond 1-30, you can include all preceding pages as reference. Extra pages are allowed if your script ends between page 30-37.


10 PAGE SCRIPT WORKSHOPS:

We critique the FIRST 10 PAGES of up to SIX SCRIPTS. Our focus here is on creating a solid hook and effective logline. Writers must also submit a 1 page "worksheet" detailing their script's genre and themes.


TV SERIES BIBLE WORKSHOPS:

We critique up to 25 PAGES of FOUR SERIES BIBLES at this Meetup. Writers should have a completed TV Pilot prior to crafting their series bible (however your pilot script does not need to be critiqued at a workshop). Writers must also submit a 1 page "worksheet" detailing their series genre and synopsis.


PEER REVIEW (SCRIPT SWAP) WORKSHOPS:

Writers who submit a completed film or TV script are matched with 1 or 2 fellow writers to trade FULL SCRIPTS for feedback. There is no Zoom meeting for this session -- the "event" date is your script submission deadline. After being matched, writers will have 8 days to read their partner's script(s) and email their feedback.


HOW OUR WORKSHOPS WORK:

1.) Each reader shares their top 3 to 5 comments on each script. 2.) The writer has an opportunity to ask questions. 3.) Open forum for logline discussion and more comments from readers (save any formatting comments for this round).


WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

Feature film, short film, TV pilots, TV specs, limited series and webisodes are all accepted. Scripts should be saved as PDFs, formatted in industry standard, and include a title page. If you are submitting a TV SPEC (a series that is currently airing), please include your "previously on" synopsis on page ii after the title page. Neither of these go against your page count.

First time screenwriters are welcome -- our only requirement is a properly formatted script! See below for writer resources and sample scripts.


WHAT IF I WANT TO SUBMIT A LATER ACT?

No problem! It's recommended that you include all preceding pages as reference. For example, if you're submitting pages 61-90 for critique, your PDF should include pages 1-90. Attendees are not obligated to read more than 30 pages per writer, but it can be helpful to have the entire script. Just be sure to specify WHICH 30 pages you want critiqued.


WHAT IF MY SCRIPT ISN'T READY YET?

If you'd like to participate, but aren't ready to submit your own work, that's okay! All members are welcome at critiques. 


HOW DO I PREPARE SCRIPT FEEDBACK?:

There's no right or wrong way to give feedback, as long as it's done with respect. We want to hear your honest thoughts about what you've read! The best critiques are ACTIONABLE -- meaning the writer can make specific changes based on your notes. Here are some ideas to get started:

- which character resonated with you most... and why?

- did any scenes feel too short or too long? which ones?

- is there clear conflict between characters? could there be more?

- were any parts of the plot confusing or unbelievable? 

- did each character speak in a unique voice? could you tell them apart based on dialogue alone?

- did every scene move the story forward? if not, which could be cut or expanded?


GROUP TENETS:

Above all, we aim to provide a safe and respectful environment for group discussion. As a member of this group we ask that everyone abide by these tenets:

- We will provide thoughtful and respectful feedback for all writers who submit their work for critique.

- We will allow every participant the opportunity to speak and be heard.

- We will not single out any member(s) of our group based on religion, race, national origin, disability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

- We will never share any member’s script pages or conceptual ideas without their explicit consent.


WRITER RESOURCES:

Sample outlines, scripts & pitches (Film and TV): https://johnaugust.com/library

Produced feature scripts: 

https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/script-download-links-9313356d361c

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5lHQAVEce61clFSSzVJbHR4bUk

Produced TV scripts: 

https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-drama/pilot-scripts

https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-comedy/pilot-scripts

http://thetelevisionpilot.com/script-database/

Sample TV bibles & pitches: https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/bibles


COPYRIGHT:

Our expectation is that all scripts shared within the group are the sole property of the person who wrote them. Scripts are not to be shared outside the group or distributed for any purpose other than critique sessions. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended that you register your work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. Protecting your work is your responsibility.


CANCELLATION POLICY:

Attendance is mandatory for writers who submit their scripts for critique. If your pages have been distributed to the group and you cannot attend, you MUST contact the organizer immediately so that the group can be notified. All other attendees can cancel their RSVP prior to the Meetup. 

Please note that repeated NO-SHOWS (members who register for a Meetup, but do not attend and fail to cancel their RSVP) will be let go from the group. 


QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?

Your feedback is always welcomed. Please message or email the organizer directly.

402 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.

560 members · Public