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. 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!™ Tuesday Mornings

Champaign Public Library

Details Due to COVID-19 we are now meeting virtually until shelter in place is lifted. See the uberconference link below. Join us for 1-2 hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday Mornings. We meet in one of the upstairs conference or study rooms at the Champaign Library. 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. 9:15 quick introductions and networking. 9:30 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:30 - interval timer -- those who need to leave can do so, or newcomers can settle in. Great time to get a beverage or stretch your legs. 10:40 - final hour timer starts 11:40 -timer stops: attendees may chat, leave, or keep writing. We have the room until noon, but other spaces in the library are available. Optional Socializing happens at 11:40. Since writing is so solitary, connecting with other writers can help with the isolation of sitting alone with just you and your manuscript. BEING LATE IS FINE! Just show up and get settled, then check-in with me at the one hour break or after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) Everyone should please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at the Champaign Public Library! Videoconferencing: https://www.uberconference.com/room/shutupandwrite

Shut Up & Write!™ Champaign

Panera Bread

Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings. 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: 7:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 7:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 8:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Panera closes at 9:00. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 8:15. 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 were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Panera! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. There are a limited number of plugs for laptops, so please consider bringing your laptop fully charged. Other Important Details: Panera has WiFi. TRAVEL / PARKING: Panera is located in a shopping center with free parking. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write!™ Tuesday Mornings

Champaign Public Library

Details Due to COVID-19 we are now meeting virtually until shelter in place is lifted. See the uberconference link below. Join us for 1-2 hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday Mornings. We meet in one of the upstairs conference or study rooms at the Champaign Library. 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. 9:15 quick introductions and networking. 9:30 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:30 - interval timer -- those who need to leave can do so, or newcomers can settle in. Great time to get a beverage or stretch your legs. 10:40 - final hour timer starts 11:40 -timer stops: attendees may chat, leave, or keep writing. We have the room until noon, but other spaces in the library are available. Optional Socializing happens at 11:40. Since writing is so solitary, connecting with other writers can help with the isolation of sitting alone with just you and your manuscript. BEING LATE IS FINE! Just show up and get settled, then check-in with me at the one hour break or after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.) Everyone should please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at the Champaign Public Library! Videoconferencing: https://www.uberconference.com/room/shutupandwrite

Shut Up & Write!™ Champaign

Panera Bread

Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 7:00 pm on Thursday evenings. 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: 7:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 7:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 8:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Panera closes at 9:00. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 8:15. 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 were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Panera! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe’s overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. There are a limited number of plugs for laptops, so please consider bringing your laptop fully charged. Other Important Details: Panera has WiFi. TRAVEL / PARKING: Panera is located in a shopping center with free parking. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

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