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.

Oakland -- Shut up and Write! At WeWork

WeWork City Center

Attendee limit. RSVP for Waitlist. Comp. Sponsored by: WeWork! **************************** WEWORK OFFICIAL CHECK-IN: MEET: Registered guests, meet me (Host) at: 3rd FL reception for sign-in with government photo ID. PROMPTLY by 11 AM: We will walk together to the conference room WeWork assigned to us, settle in, and proceed with intros. * ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: When you RSVP, you will be required to enter your full name for the guest list in advance, and show photo ID for entry. Space is reserved for our group and limited. Please change your RSVP if you need to cancel! WHAT Join other writers for an hour of focused writing. "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." Come and get it done. SCHEDULE 11:00 Quick intros 11:15 Timer starts. Write for one hour. 12:15 The end. Chat, take off, or keep writing. * Meeting room reserved until 3 PM. Please leave rooms and kitchen areas clean and organized for our host. THANK YOU to our venue sponsor WeWork, Oakland! GUIDELINES • Wi-Fi available • Amenities: Coffee, tea, private phone booths. • BART: 12th Street. Bike parking: Garage, enter on 11th St. Transport, parking and more info: (https://www.wework.com/buildings/city-center--sf-bay-area--CA#amenities) • Bring headphones if you want to reduce outside noise distraction. • Socializing (optional, outside of room) happens at 12:15 PM. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is encouraged. • RSVP only if you can make it, and update ASAP if your plans change. This is your practice and focus time, so I hope to see you there. HAPPY WRITING! ________________________________ Notes • See our "About Us" link, for SUAW meeting tips and etiquette. • Locations change according to availability. • By joining, you agree to WeWork space rules (see "Invitees"): https://tinyurl.com/WeWork-MU-Disclaimer • THANK YOU TO OUR VENUE SPONSOR: MEETUP x WeWork pilot program! Photo: Conference room and common areas by WeWork. Card design, posted by: Rosanna, VOLUNTEER

Shut Up & Write!™ Sebastopol

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We also meet *every* Sunday at 11 am. Sometimes we do longer writing marathons. Email Vanissar if you have questions. We meet upstairs at Taylor Lane Coffee. Come upstairs and Look for the Shut Up & Write Mug https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/taylor+lane+coffee/@38.403867,-122.8916863,12z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80843a0a6d79eb91:0xc0e92917442b9b84!2m2!1d-122.8216463!2d38.4038878 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! Look for the Shut Up & Write mug, and introduce yourself. Vanissar will announce the meet-up at 11:00 am. 11:00 AM – Introductions-Your name and your writing project 11:10 AM - Shut up and Write! 12:55 PM - Brief Check-in with Everyone—How did it go? 1:00 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!™ Weekly Afternoon (4hr Oakland Marathon)

Hi Everyone: Join us for four hours of concentrated writing. Hawk and Pony is a great open space with plenty of space to stretch out and work. The wifi is great here and there are several locations where you can find a place to plug in your laptop. Hawk and Pony has a great selection of food and drinks to choose from. There is a lot of free parking on 42nd and 43rd street, plus meter parking on Telegraph Ave. The coffee shop is a short walk from MacArthur Bart Station and has a rack with plenty of space to lock up your bike. This meetup has been a life saver for me, and I continue to hope to meet more of you during the write-up. If you are off work early or can catch the last hour or so, join us! coworking works well for those of us who need a bit more pressure or structure from working with a group. This meetup is ALWAYS ON, in fact even when it is just myself, I am usually at the location since it is my mobile office, BUT, if there is no sign up, I might be prone to laziness and take a day off once in a while, so always try to sign on to help keep me on my best behavior. It only takes 2 people to form a team. Arrive or leave anytime you like. Come and join us for a marathon 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. writing can be a lonely activity, getting to know our partners help foster more motivation(and peer pressure :)) but also feel free to leave early. this is a very casual group, the main goal is to provide a silent partnership in getting work/writing done. 1:30 pm - Brief Introductions (name and project you working on, goal for today) 1:45 pm - Shut up and Write! During this Marathon, feel free to take your personal small breaks, stand up and walk around. 5:15 pm -wrap up and congratulate yourself for the hard work. 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. Please make sure to purchase beverages and/or food during the time you are there to make sure we are welcomed back. Directions: It is located close to the Intersection of I-580 and CA-24. MacArthur Bart is just a few blocks away. There is plenty of free parking on 42nd and 43rd streets.

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