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+)

WeWork City Center Shut Up & Write! (^.^)

WeWork City Center

ATTENDEE LIMIT: 8 You can find me easily. I will be wearing a cap turned backwards. The co-writing session in the common area on the 4th floor of WeWork City Center will start at 3:30. You may arrive anytime between 3:30 and 5:30. You can sit anywhere you like. You can work on any writing project that suits you. Just check-in with me and sit wherever you like. At 6:30pm, we will gather in the 4E conference room to talk about our writing projects for an hour, *IF* you wish to. The discussion part is not mandatory. We are using the power of co-working to get things done. When you RSVP, you will be required to enter your full name for the guest list in advance. On the day of the meetup, you might be asked to show a government issued photo ID for entry. The name and picture on the Meetup event should match your photo ID. The space reserved for our group is limited. PLEASE change your RSVP asap if you need to cancel! SCHEDULE: 3:30pm Co-writing in the common area on the 4th floor. You can access it by climbing the central staircase from the 3rd floor where you signed in. If you need to use the elevator to get to the 4th floor, please let me know in the comment section so that I can watch for you at the locked glass door on the 4th floor. Feel free to COME ANYTIME between 3:30 and 5:30. Set your own time for the co-writing period, 1, 2, or 3 hours, but please arrive no later than 5:30pm, because the RECEPTION DESK CLOSES at 6pm. 6:30 pm: For those who wish to check-in regarding their writing session, please join us in the conference room on the 4th floor. I will provide the conference room location on the day of our meetup. 7:30 pm: End of SU&W event. Please leave rooms and kitchen areas clean and organized for WeWork. We are sharing space with other individuals and small businesses. We don't want to wear out our welcome. • Wi-Fi is available. Ask at the front desk when you check-in. • Amenities: Coffee, tea, and quiet booths. • BART: 12th Street Oakland-Entrance is right in front of building • Running late? Just show up and get settled, then check-in with me before the 6:30pm discussion session. • Bring headphones or earphones if you want to reduce common room noise distraction. It really is quieter than a cafe, so not too bad. • Pete's Coffee is on the 1st Floor • RSVP only if you CAN make it. Update ASAP if your plans change. This is a chance to improve your focus and productivity by working with others. I look forward to meeting you and working with you. B'Tee AKA Barbara

Shut Up & Write!™ LOWER PACIFIC HEIGHTS (JAPANTOWN)

“When you can write well, you can think well” - anonymous. -- Join us for two hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 6:00 PM on Wednesday Evenings. 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 6:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 6:15 - timer starts: write for 2 hours. 8:15 - (end) chat (let's connect!) / take off / keep writing. YakiniQ Cafe closes at 9:00 PM. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING (don't worry, it'll be alright!) happens at 8:45 PM. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. Let's do this together! 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 with the cool looking receding hairline.) 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 YakiniQ Cafe! -- 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 plugs on the right side of the room along the walls, although, I'd advise you to come with your laptops pre-charged if you could. -- Other Important Details: YakiniQ Cafe has WiFi, but often times it's slow (mostly a good thing right?). TRAVEL / PARKING: There's residential parking all around the vicinity of the cafe, but you may need to park further away. This cafe is right next to Japan Center. SEATING INFORMATION: There's plenty of tables and a few couches to sit at. This venue has a very nice writing ambiance. GUIDELINES: It's always nice to help out the venue by purchasing something. LAST BUT NOT LEAST I believe it's very important to connect with others. Openness and a welcoming environment will only benefit you in the long run. Feel free to talk with me at any time. Let's build a writing culture together!

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!™ 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

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

Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe

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