Shut Up & Write!™ SOMA


Start your week off right at a wonderful bookstore-cafe! Join us for nearly 90 minutes of writing at Crossroads Cafe, the ORIGINAL Shut-Up and Write location!


We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 6:30 on most Monday nights.

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, join us and get some real writing done.

6:30 - 6:40 - Quick Intros: "I'm Jay and I'm writing a short story tonight."

6:35 - 6:45 - Timer Starts: Write for 75+ minutes.

7:55 - Timer Chimes: Quick Check-In: "It took a while to get going, but I got some actual work done on the story."

8:00 - Meetup Ends and Cafe Closes. We generally linger about a bit but make sure to be on our way by 8:15.

NOTE: Crossroads is now closing earlier, at 8:00 PM. We are experimenting with new start times and when we do our introductions.

SEATING: In the bookstore section, on the left side of the cafe. Please try to occupy all chairs in our area. You can, in fact, sit anywhere in the cafe. But be sure to join us for the quick intro before the session and the friendly check-in afterward.

GUIDELINES: Crossroads has great food at outstanding prices. ($1.00 small coffee, $5.50 wine, $7.00 sandwiches/salads). We’re all expected to buy something to support them. Crossroads Yelp Review (

• Crossroads does NOT have WiFi. We often have a portable hotspot available if you do need to get online.

• CHARGE your batteries: there’s just two outlets in the area.

• Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons.

TRAVEL / PARKING: Crossroads is a short half-block from the Brannan MUNI platform on the N & T lines. Parking is generally easy, with meters in front and free parking on Brannan or side streets.

COME EARLY AND CHAT ABOUT WRITNG: Writing is very solitary. Connecting, sharing knowledge and simply chatting with other writers is a great thing. The bookstore section where we write has a wonderful vibe perfect for both quiet writing and friendly sharing.

After our check-in at the end of the session, some of us go for a stroll around the neighborhood and/or grab a beverage nearby. It's great to spend some more time chatting with your fellow writers. This is a great time to get recommendations on things like using writing software, finding editors, utilizing online blogging and video platforms or self-publishing.

BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up and get settled, then check-in with us after the session. (The leader will be the one with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer.

Happy writing and we look forward to seeing you at Crossroads!