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Shut up and Write Mondays (Oakland)
We are almost every day(not always same location, so please double check the announcements), happy to cowork and/or write with anyone who is willing to take advantage of the silent group work experience. We also have the afternoon sessions in the Leamington building(starting around 2:00 pm most week days held by Jonny)--see shut up and write Calendar for exact schedule. Come to any of it, arrive and leave anytime. saturday morning session is hosted by Hector Blue Bottle has no plug and no wifi. But our best choice on a Mondays. come join us for some team work. support wherever we go by always buying something, they are a business after all :) Parking is street meter and most have not had trouble finding within a couple of blocks.This meetup has been a life saver for us, and we continue to hope to meet more of you during the write up(just held our semi annual meetup gathering at Cecilia's apt).If you are off work early or can catch the last hour or so, join us! coworking works well for those of us who needs 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 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 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 silent partnership in getting work/writing done. 8:45 am- Brief Introductions (name and project you working on, goal for today) I might be bit late, so if you arrive early, grab the biggest table you can :) I head over as soon as handover with Nanny complete. 9:00 am - Shut up and Write! During this Marathon, feel free to take your personal small breaks, stand up and walk around. We usually use Pom app(pomdoro method), so focus 25 minutes, then 5 minute breaks. many free apps for this you can download. 12:00 pm--wrap up and congratulate yourself for the hard work. You can head out or work some more. Due to child care schedule,I do change location and the time around, but I try to do at least one every weekday morning. some of us try to get together once a month or so for lunch on Fridays, so everyone welcome to join(be sure to leave us your email if you do, especially if we don't see you regularly), we love meeting new people. 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 we are welcome wherever we go by purchasing something from the cafe. thanks

blue bottle

476 9th St · oakland, CA

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.

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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.

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