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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.

Upcoming events (4+)

Shut Up & Write!™ on Zoom Video with Vanissar

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.]

This group meets over Zoom video on Thursdays at 11 am, Fridays at 4 pm and Sundays at noon.

We will introduce ourselves and our current writing project, and if you like we will briefly say how we are doing during this tumultuous time. Then we will shut up and write.

At 2 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***
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We meet *every* Sunday, noon to 2 pm.

Sometimes we do longer writing marathons.
Email Vanissar if you have questions.

Before the pandemic, we met at the big table upstairs at Taylor Lane Coffee in Sebastopol, CA.

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!

12:00 PM – Introductions-Your name and your writing project
12:10 PM - Shut up and Write!
1:55 PM - Brief Check-in with Everyone—How did it go?
2:00 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!™ San Francisco/ Portola Garden District

2636 San Bruno Ave

Join us for a few hours of writing at Ferment, Drink, Repeat! It can be strikingly helpful to write alongside other writers. See if this is true for you at 12:30 pm on Sunday early afternoons.
Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, or if you wish to world build or organize your mind through doodling or other means, you are invited to write with us. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Enjoy a tea or craft beer or kombucha, catch a glimpse of the elusive Mama Cat (the pub cat), and experience the pleasure of writing in a space dedicated to creation and community.

SCHEDULE:
12:30 - quick intros.
12:45 - timer starts: write for 2.5 hours.
3:15 - brag / chat / take off.
Ferment Drink Repeat closes at 9 pm.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
I love that this space is open every Sunday Morning for us writers. A standy will usually reserve the SU&W table, and if I'm late, I welcome folks to introduce themselves to one another. This event often hosts non-alpha-numeric writers in the form of doodlers, painters, and some folks who work on blueprints or image correction on their laptops. These are all forms of "written" communication, so all are welcome.

BEING LATE IS OKAY: Just show up and get settled. If you are already seated, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. The booth nearest the window is reserved for us, but there is always ample seating in the daytime.

Happy writing and great success in your adventures!

What Should I Bring?
Whatever you need to be able to write or draft!
Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the brewpub's overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. Also, feel free to request they play a specific vinyl from the collection. FDR has plugs available for laptops, and usually the Sunday music consists of lyric-light tunes to help us writers to write.
Other Important Details:
Ferment Drink Repeat HAS WiFi.
TRAVEL / PARKING: On Sundays, the bank across the street is closed and most of the meters don't charge, but San Bruno Avenue can be very crowded. Be prepared to walk 2-3 blocks if necessary. OR, the 54, 9, 9L, 8X, and 8AX stop half a block away. OR, the 44 and 29 each stop about 6 blocks away.
SEATING INFORMATION: Sitting at the bar is an invitation to talk with other patrons and the bartenders. If you're looking to keep your head down, sit at one of the tables (I recommend the window seats for people-watching breaks).
GUIDELINES: Ferment Drink Repeat hosts a wide range of beers, Kambucha, tea, and sodas. They welcome outside food, but please do not bring outside drinks to their establishment. FDR encourages patronage at the many local restaurants and happily encourages outside food to be eaten at their establishment, but please thank our hosts by purchasing a beverage or maybe some chips.

Writing + Weeding: Work through Writer's Block, new 1 hour format!

** Currently we are varying between in person and Online depending on weather as we are in open air garden. If weather is not great, we will be on ZOOM. ** check back for updates each week.

We've all had times when we just can't seem to figure out how to the words out. Sitting with other writers in the Shut Up & Write group really helps break writer's block. In our unique garden setting, you can also literally weed out your thoughts by taking some time to pull weeds in a community garden. Getting our hands in the dirt can sometimes inspire creative flow.

During the Shelter in Place, we were in Zoom only. Now that we are reopening, we will be transitioning back the garden at Hayes Valley Art Works - 295 Oak Street at Octavia - and pull some actual weeds!

Garden is at 295 Oak Street at Octavia. We usually meet at the tables by the gate at Lily / Octavia.

We invite writers to sit in the garden for this event, OR join us on Zoom. Both options are available. For in person, covid protocols required. We will continue to be on Zoom for the forseeable future as well.

Zoom
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Theme is open. Poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction. Bring your own project to work on, or use the suggested themes and writing prompts announced at each meeting. Writers are free to share from their writing or not, as they wish.

Introductions at 3:00.
3:05-3:55 writing/weeding time
3:55-4:00 discussion, weeding time, share writing if inspired
share how the session went, stay on if you wish to discuss, share, or continue writing or help pull weeds!

More about Hayes Valley Art Works:
https://hayesvalleyartworks.org/

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 11:55 am 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

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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!

10:00 AM – Introductions-Your name and your writing project
10:10 AM - Shut up and Write!
11:55 AM - Brief Check-in with Everyone—How did it go?
12:00 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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