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For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/

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. 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)

Online Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom

Online event

Staying at home to do your civic duty during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us for an hour of writing from the comfort of your own home. We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together. See if it’s true for you at 1PM on Wednesday afternoons Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. And don’t worry, no one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. SCHEDULE: 1:00 - Quick introductions 1:10 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour 2:10 - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing WHAT DO I NEED? A computer with working camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and optionally, headphones. OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS: Technical difficulties are part and parcel of getting together online. If you’ve never used your computer for an online meeting, take a few minutes before we meet to familiarize yourself with how to use Zoom by reviewing the below tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VebiA5pGq0 If you run into technical issues, remember that this is the time you’ve carved out for yourself and your writing. Whether or not you were able to join our online meet-up, go ahead and get your writing started, then leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

Shut Up & Write!™ BPL Teens (East Boston)

Online event

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers—even if it's only on a video call! Boston teens and young adults are invited to join East Boston Branch YA librarian Paul for an hour of uninterrupted writing—from the comfort of your own home! Whether a book, blog, research paper, college admissions essay, resume, melody, poem, or just plain homework, 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 with other young adults. SCHEDULE 6:45 p.m. - Quick Intro & Writers Discussion 7 p.m. - Shut Up & Write! for 1 hour 8 p.m. - The End + Writers Chat Feel free to stick around to chat or continue writing afterward. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 8 p.m. Writing is very solitary, but connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers can be a cool thing, so stick around if you so desire. BEING LATE IS OK: Just show up and get settled, then check in with me via the chat feature or in person after the silent portion of the event. (I’ll be the one with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) Happy writing, and I look forward to seeing you on Zoom! All you need to bring is whatever you need to write—a laptop, a typewriter, a notebook and pen, or just a pencil and paper! ***ZOOM ACCESS INFO*** Join Zoom Meeting @ https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/j/85370814370?pwd=U3hjNlZuN3UwYXBMTnFzRXVqL3RnUT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find Your Local Number: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/u/kd4mWlfPP1

Online Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom

Online event

Staying at home to do your civic duty during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us for an hour of writing from the comfort of your own home. We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together. See if it’s true for you at 1PM on Wednesday afternoons Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. And don’t worry, no one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. SCHEDULE: 1:00 - Quick introductions 1:10 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour 2:10 - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing WHAT DO I NEED? A computer with working camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and optionally, headphones. OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS: Technical difficulties are part and parcel of getting together online. If you’ve never used your computer for an online meeting, take a few minutes before we meet to familiarize yourself with how to use Zoom by reviewing the below tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VebiA5pGq0 If you run into technical issues, remember that this is the time you’ve carved out for yourself and your writing. Whether or not you were able to join our online meet-up, go ahead and get your writing started, then leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

Shut Up & Write!™ BPL Teens (East Boston)

Online event

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers—even if it's only on a video call! Boston teens and young adults are invited to join East Boston Branch YA librarian Paul for an hour of uninterrupted writing—from the comfort of your own home! Whether a book, blog, research paper, college admissions essay, resume, melody, poem, or just plain homework, 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 with other young adults. SCHEDULE 6:45 p.m. - Quick Intro & Writers Discussion 7 p.m. - Shut Up & Write! for 1 hour 8 p.m. - The End + Writers Chat Feel free to stick around to chat or continue writing afterward. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 8 p.m. Writing is very solitary, but connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers can be a cool thing, so stick around if you so desire. BEING LATE IS OK: Just show up and get settled, then check in with me via the chat feature or in person after the silent portion of the event. (I’ll be the one with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) Happy writing, and I look forward to seeing you on Zoom! All you need to bring is whatever you need to write—a laptop, a typewriter, a notebook and pen, or just a pencil and paper! ***ZOOM ACCESS INFO*** Join Zoom Meeting @ https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/j/85370814370?pwd=U3hjNlZuN3UwYXBMTnFzRXVqL3RnUT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find Your Local Number: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/u/kd4mWlfPP1

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