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Shut Up & Write hosts free in-person and online writing events for writers all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that every writer, regardless of genre or skill level, has access to the community, accountability, and resources they need to be successful in their personal writing goals. Our events use our proven formula: a few minutes of introductions, a period of focused writing, and a final check-in to share our progress. 

What to Expect
RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled at an in-person event. Our host will lead introductions and then everyone will write for a quiet, focused period of time.

Afterward, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. Our events are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

For more information, visit https://shutupwrite.com.

Upcoming events (4+)

Shut Up and Write - In-person in SoMa!

Delah Coffee

We're getting on our writing groove in person for the first time since the pandemic. The original Shut Up and Write, formerly of Crossroads Cafe, in SF is now writing and rolling in SOMA at Delah Coffee House, 370 4th Street right across from the 4th Street Whole Foods Market.

Bring your laptop and thirst for beautifully brewed spice coffees from the Middle East, teas and other drinks and delicious treats.

Any kind of writing is welcome - poetry, prose, non-fiction, academic, literary, comedy, tragedy - homework, grunt work - all will be made better by drinks, snacks, teamwork and accountability from a collegial group to cheer you on.

The schedule will be:
7:00 Introductions and chat
7:10 Write
8:25 Check-In and Head Out

Attendance is free, but please buy a drink or a snack occasionally--we want to keep feeling welcome here.

Wifi and some plugs are available. And if you want to stay after we finish, the cafe is open until 10 PM!

Shut Up & Write!® with Maloy in Downtown Oakland

Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe

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 1:00 on Thursday 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:
1:00 - Quick introductions and time to settle down and order drinks/food
1:15 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
2:15 - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 2:15. 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 Luckyduck!

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.
There are outlets along the walls so feel free to bring a charger along with you.

Other Important Details:
Luckyduck has WiFi, password and log-in info at the counter.
Difficult to find parking but it's only a few steps from Lake Merritt and 12th Street & Oakland BART stations.
GUIDELINES: Coffee and tea options aplently, plus a food menu with decent vegan entrees. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write!™ with Vanissar on Zoom Video

Online event

Hi Friends

Please read! You need the passcode to join, and you need to be able to accept Meetup Messages to get the passcode

[due to recent zoom bombers, we have a passcode.
Vanissar will attempt to message you with the passcode. If you have messages disabled on Meetup, Vanissar will not be able to message you with the passcode. You need to change your Meetup settings to allow messages.]

Let's meet over Zoom video & write together.

I will host, we will introduce ourselves and what we are working on that day, and then we will shut up and write.

At 6:00 pm we will check out, and say how it went.

I look forward to writing with you on Zoom

Warmly,

Vanissar Tarakali
your host

**Please note that you are expected to participate in check-ins at the beginning and/or check-outs at the end, with your mic and camera on.

It is okay to arrive late and/or leave early as long as you check in or out with everyone via chat, but anonymous participants who do not attend live check-ins or check-outs will be removed.

Here is the link:

Vanissar Tarakali is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shut Up & Write
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/445093331

Password: message Vanissar for passcode*
[due to recent Zoom bombers, you must ask host for the passcode]

Meeting ID:[masked]

One tap mobile
[masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose)
[masked],,[masked]# US (New York)

Dial by your location
[masked] US (San Jose)
[masked] US (New York)
Meeting ID:[masked]
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aMf6mN2FL

***

Join host Vanissar and other writers for two hours of focused writing! It's all about whatever you need to write - short story, novel, poem, memoir, thesis, or a manifesto! Bring a laptop, bring a pen, bring a notebook. We'll introduce ourselves and then write!

4:00 PM – Introductions-Your name and your writing project
4:10 PM - Shut up and Write!
5:55 PM - Brief Check-in with Everyone—How did it go?
6:00 PM- Goodbye!

If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come and join us for a session of focused writing. It may just be "pipe-cleaning" for now, but you'll feel better showing up at the page. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice.

• What to bring

Pen and notebook or laptop

Shut Up & Write!™ with Vanissar on Zoom Video

Online event

Hi Friends

Please read! You need the passcode to join, and you need to be able to accept Meetup Messages to get the passcode

[due to recent zoom bombers, we have a passcode.
Vanissar will attempt to message you with the passcode. If you have messages disabled on Meetup, Vanissar will not be able to message you with the passcode. You need to change your Meetup settings to allow messages.]

Let's meet over Zoom video & write together.

I will host, we will introduce ourselves and what we are working on that day, and then we will shut up and write.

At 6:00 pm we will check out, and say how it went.

I look forward to writing with you on Zoom

Warmly,

Vanissar Tarakali
your host

**Please note that you are expected to participate in check-ins at the beginning and/or check-outs at the end, with your mic and camera on.

It is okay to arrive late and/or leave early as long as you check in or out with everyone via chat, but anonymous participants who do not attend live check-ins or check-outs will be removed.

Here is the link:

Vanissar Tarakali is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Shut Up & Write
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/445093331

Password: message Vanissar for passcode*
[due to recent Zoom bombers, you must ask host for the passcode]

Meeting ID:[masked]

One tap mobile
[masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose)
[masked],,[masked]# US (New York)

Dial by your location
[masked] US (San Jose)
[masked] US (New York)
Meeting ID:[masked]
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aMf6mN2FL

***

Join host Vanissar and other writers for two hours of focused writing! It's all about whatever you need to write - short story, novel, poem, memoir, thesis, or a manifesto! Bring a laptop, bring a pen, bring a notebook. We'll introduce ourselves and then write!

4:00 PM – Introductions-Your name and your writing project
4:10 PM - Shut up and Write!
5:55 PM - Brief Check-in with Everyone—How did it go?
6:00 PM- Goodbye!

If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come and join us for a session of focused writing. It may just be "pipe-cleaning" for now, but you'll feel better showing up at the page. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice.

• What to bring

Pen and notebook or laptop

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