What we're about

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 (http://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 (5)

Shut Up & Write!™ Tue-Fri (2-3 hours Oakland Marathon)

Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe

We are here Tues-Friday morning, happy to sit and write at a table with anyone who is willing to take advantage of the silent group work experience. Come when you can and leave anytime you're ready to go. The LuckyDuck Bicycle Cafe is really cool, 3 blocks from the 12th Street BART. A very unassuming and hip kind of place with high ceilings. It doubles as a bicycle repair/sale shop. We really like the ambiance and feeling here, although it might be slightly noisier than some (nothing a pair of headphones can't fix). There is internet (although sometimes it's a bit slow or erratic), and plugs! Wow, wifi and plugs, a lot of coffee shops simply don't provide those anymore. We support wherever we go by always buying something -- they are a business, after all :) Parking is street meter and most do not have trouble finding a spot within a couple of blocks. Co-working works well for those of us who need a bit more pressure or structure. This meetup is ALWAYS ON. It only takes 2 people to form a team. Arrive or leave anytime you like. Come join us for a morning of focused writing! Bring whatever you need to write - short story, novel, poem, memoir, thesis, blog or a manifesto! Bring a laptop, bring a pen, bring a notebook. We will do a brief intro for those who arrive on time. If you arrive after the intro time, just wave and find a seat at our table or nearby our table. When we are finished, chat a bit if the spirit strikes you and your neighbors, or just wave to those still working and head out. This is a very casual group, the goal is to provide silent partnership and support to get work/writing done. 9:00 am- Brief Introductions (your name, the project you're working on, or your goal for the day) 9:10 am - Shut up and Write! During this marathon, feel free to take your own personal small breaks, stand up, stretch, and walk around. 11:45 am--wrap up and congratulate yourself for the hard work. If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come and join us. It may just be "pipe-cleaning" for now, but you'll feel better showing up on the page. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Please make sure we keep our welcome by purchasing something from the cafe. Thanks.

Shut Up & Write!™ Mission/Castro Daytime

Maxfield's House of Caffeine

Hey Everybody, The Daytime Mission Shut Up and Write! is still going strong, but we've added a new day and a new location that is a little more Castro adjacent. I hope you'll join us for some daytime writing. Here's the details: • Look for the MeetUp sign, and come say hi. Because we are in a public space with people who will not be there for the meetup, I won't necessarily know you're there for Shut Up & Write! • This particular venue is a little wonky, so having a large block of tables is difficult. We'll try to grab a few that are all next to each other if we can. Look for the signs. • There will be two focused 1.25 hour sessions of writing. No one will look at what you've written when the meetup is over. • Please plan on purchasing some food or beverage to support the venue. They are offering to host us with the assumption that we will be good for business. Here's the schedule: 10:00 - 10:15 - Coffee and chatting 10:15 - 11:30 - I'll set the timer and we'll write for an hour and fifteen minutes. 11:30 - 11:45 - quick break for coffee, stretching of legs, congratulating each other on 75 minutes of good focus, etc. 11:45 - 1:00 - Heads down, keyboards clacking (or pen flying, if that's your MO) People can continue to work, chat, or take off as they like. PLEASE NOTE: The conversations of other patrons who are not there for the meetup are occasionally noisy. Consider bringing headphones or similar device if you need to block out distraction! There are some electrical outlets, but you might want to start out with your laptop battery fully charged, in case it's difficult for you to get to power. Wifi is available with a purchase. AND: Parking can be challenging, so use public transit if possible or leave plenty of time to find a spot. I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday! Thanks, John Your Organizer

Shut Up & Write!™ Tue-Fri (2-3 hours Oakland Marathon)

Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe

We are here Tues-Friday morning, happy to sit and write at a table with anyone who is willing to take advantage of the silent group work experience. Come when you can and leave anytime you're ready to go. The LuckyDuck Bicycle Cafe is really cool, 3 blocks from the 12th Street BART. A very unassuming and hip kind of place with high ceilings. It doubles as a bicycle repair/sale shop. We really like the ambiance and feeling here, although it might be slightly noisier than some (nothing a pair of headphones can't fix). There is internet (although sometimes it's a bit slow or erratic), and plugs! Wow, wifi and plugs, a lot of coffee shops simply don't provide those anymore. We support wherever we go by always buying something -- they are a business, after all :) Parking is street meter and most do not have trouble finding a spot within a couple of blocks. Co-working works well for those of us who need a bit more pressure or structure. This meetup is ALWAYS ON. It only takes 2 people to form a team. Arrive or leave anytime you like. Come join us for a morning of focused writing! Bring whatever you need to write - short story, novel, poem, memoir, thesis, blog or a manifesto! Bring a laptop, bring a pen, bring a notebook. We will do a brief intro for those who arrive on time. If you arrive after the intro time, just wave and find a seat at our table or nearby our table. When we are finished, chat a bit if the spirit strikes you and your neighbors, or just wave to those still working and head out. This is a very casual group, the goal is to provide silent partnership and support to get work/writing done. 9:00 am- Brief Introductions (your name, the project you're working on, or your goal for the day) 9:10 am - Shut up and Write! During this marathon, feel free to take your own personal small breaks, stand up, stretch, and walk around. 11:45 am--wrap up and congratulate yourself for the hard work. If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come and join us. It may just be "pipe-cleaning" for now, but you'll feel better showing up on the page. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Please make sure we keep our welcome by purchasing something from the cafe. Thanks.

Shut Up & Write!™ San Leandro Drop-In Marathon

Sabino's Coffee Shop

We'd love to have you join us every Monday and Wednesday morning for a casual, mostly silent group writing experience. Come when you can; leave when you must. No matter what kind of project you're working on, whether it's poetry, blog posts, dissertations, or science fiction, we'll be happy to have you. It's always more fun to write in the company of other writers. And it's a lot more productive. So please, come sit with us and make our friendly, happy group even friendlier and happier. Sabino's is a cozy little neighborhood coffee shop at the corner of Estudillo Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. -- within spitting distance of the I-580 freeway. It's got WIFI, an abundance of power outlets, and even affordable coffee! And it's one of the friendliest places you'll ever visit. [NOTE: Sabino's is happy to host us whether we buy anything or not, but we always try to support them by giving in to a little creativity-inducing self-indulgence.] SCHEDULE: 9:00 AM - Optional Introductions 12:00 PM - Optional Socializing -- maybe over lunch? 12:30 PM - Some of us may opt to keep writing. Or not. BEING LATE IS OKAY: Just find the Shut Up & Write! sign (on nice mornings we like to hang out on the back patio), say 'hi' to everyone, get settled wherever you want, and start writing. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Whatever you need to be able to write! A light jacket (just in case). Earbuds or earplugs in case you want to block the shop’s overhead music or the conversations by other patrons. PARKING: Parking is free and readily available. If you can't find a spot on MacArthur, you're welcome to park in the "Rite Aid" lot across the street.

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