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: 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!™ Albany - Online

Online event

We will temporarily be hosting Albany events online via Google Hangouts. Once you RSVP, you should be able to view the link on this page. You will need: -a computer or phone with a working microphone (camera optional) -an internet connection ————————————————————— Join us for an hour of 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. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Schedule: 6:15-6:30pm - Introductions 6:30-7:30pm - Shut Up and Write! We'll start a timer for 1 hour. This is a quiet hour that should only contain keyboard clicking and pen scribbling. You may wear headphones, but must play them at a level others cannot hear 7:30-8:00 pm - Library closes at 8:00, feel free to keep writing, or stay to chat. SEATING: We will always try and find seating that accommodates the whole group together. Depending on availability and group size, this can change. GUIDELINES: • WiFi and Outlet availability may not always be guaranteed. Charge your device, and bring a local or hard copy of your work so you're not left hanging! • Being late is OK! Just show up, get settled, and start writing. If you are on time, please be willing to make room/ adjust tables and chairs for possible latecomers. • If we are meeting at a business, please thank our hosts by purchasing something and being on your best behavior. We are guests in any space we occupy.

Shut Up & Write!™ Great Barrington

Fuel

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, journal writing, 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. 8:00 a.m. - grab coffee and/or muffin, then quick intros. 8:15 a.m. - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 9:15 a.m. - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing/some of us stay for breakfast. SEATING: At long table toward the back. "Shut Up & Write" sign on table. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. • Fuel Great Barrington does have WiFi. • Plugs are a bit scarce, especially where our table is, so if you are going to write on a device, charge it before you come! • Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. TRAVEL / PARKING: Street parking (2 hours), and longer parking on some side streets. Also 4-hour parking at the top of Castle Street. Look for signs! OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and then after 9:15 a.m. post-writing. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. 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 are on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Fuel Great Barrington!

Shut Up & Write!™ Albany

William K. Sanford Town Library

Join us for an hour of 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. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Schedule: 6:15-6:30pm - Introductions 6:30-7:30pm - Shut Up and Write! We'll start a timer for 1 hour. This is a quiet hour that should only contain keyboard clicking and pen scribbling. You may wear headphones, but must play them at a level others cannot hear 7:30-8:00 pm - Library closes at 8:00, feel free to keep writing, or stay to chat. SEATING: We will always try and find seating that accommodates the whole group together. Depending on availability and group size, this can change. GUIDELINES: • WiFi and Outlet availability may not always be guaranteed. Charge your device, and bring a local or hard copy of your work so you're not left hanging! • Being late is OK! Just show up, get settled, and start writing. If you are on time, please be willing to make room/ adjust tables and chairs for possible latecomers. • If we are meeting at a business, please thank our hosts by purchasing something and being on your best behavior. We are guests in any space we occupy.

Shut Up & Write!™ Great Barrington

Fuel

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, journal writing, 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. 8:00 a.m. - grab coffee and/or muffin, then quick intros. 8:15 a.m. - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 9:15 a.m. - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing/some of us stay for breakfast. SEATING: At long table toward the back. "Shut Up & Write" sign on table. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. • Fuel Great Barrington does have WiFi. • Plugs are a bit scarce, especially where our table is, so if you are going to write on a device, charge it before you come! • Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. TRAVEL / PARKING: Street parking (2 hours), and longer parking on some side streets. Also 4-hour parking at the top of Castle Street. Look for signs! OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and then after 9:15 a.m. post-writing. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. 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 are on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Fuel Great Barrington!

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