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!™ 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-stoking 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.

Shut Up & Write!™ Monday Mornings in the Mission

Muddy Waters Coffee House

This group is intended to help get your week off to a productive start! Whatever type of project you're working on, join us at Muddy Waters, our beloved space with an upbeat and friendly staff. We have two focused 90-minute writing sessions with a break in between. Everyone is welcome here. And you don't need to identify as a writer - you just have to want to write/get work done! SCHEDULE: 9:15 am - 10:45 am -- Just write 10:45 am - 11 am -- Break 11 am - 12:30 pm -- Just write

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.

Shut Up & Write!™ Sausalito

333 Johnson St

Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. wrote, "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live." Stop the torment of just thinking about writing while incessantly postponing the work. Whether you're writing a book, a blog, a script, an essay, a dissertation, a resume, a melody, a poem or just plain work stuff, we invite you to write it with us. Many writers discover that it’s delightfully helpful to write in the company of other writers. Come see if this is true for you. Join us every Monday morning, from 10:00AM to 11:30AM in downtown Sausalito for an hour of constructive, satisfying, and unexpectedly good writing (yours)! SCHEDULE: 10:00 - quick intros, review the day's writing prompt & settle in to write. 10:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 11:15 - 11:30 people who wish to may read their pieces aloud for feedback after the meeting. Happy writing and we look forward to seeing you at the Sausalito Community Room, ground floor of Southern Marin Fire Department, southeast corner of Caledonia and Johnson. (Enter through the west-side door, facing the Sausalito Police Dept. across Caledonia Street.) ***NOT the Firehouse Coffee shop a block away.*** 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. If you wish to keep writing or socialize with fellow writers after the meetup, there are three great coffee shops within 50 paces. What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! This is a quiet room, so please bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to enjoy your own music More than a dozen wall outlets available. Other Important Details: Cell-free and WiFi-free space encouraged 2-hour free parking on nearby streets Wheelchair accessible Food and drinks allowed and available for purchase close by

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Shut Up & Write!™ San Francisco/ Portola Garden District

2636 San Bruno Ave

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