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!™ - Gaithersburg

Barking Mad cafe

Come by for an hour of evening writing with fellow creative folks at a great local cafe. Everyone works on their own thing, no obligation to share—just show up and make any kind of words happen. If you're spending too much time thinking about writing, come by for an hour of focused writing. Why is Shut Up & Write(!) so effective? (http://arsenalofwords.com/2015/10/14/why-i-shut-up-write/) SCHEDULE: 7:30 - quick check-in - what will you work on? 7:40 - shut up and write for 1 hour 8:40 - quick check-in - how did it go? Feel free to keep writing. Barking Mad closes at 9:00pm. BRING: Whatever you need to be able to write! Add headphones if you prefer your own soundtrack to the cafe’s music or typical noise. MISC: Barking Mad has fast WiFi and several outlets. Take Exit 11 off of I-270 if you're driving. There's street parking all around. Please thank our hosts by purchasing a delicious beverage or snack.

Shut Up & Write!™ - Virtual Edition

Online event

In the pre-COVID-19 world, I host ShutUp&Write at the West End Public Library in D.C. Let's meet via WebEx. It will be sort of like our meetings at the library - except we can mute everyone during the writing. LOL We'll be together - apart. Everyone works on their own thing, no obligation to share—just show up and make any kind of words happen. If you're spending too much time thinking about writing, log in for an hour of focused writing. SCHEDULE: 10:00 - quick check-in - what will you work on? 10:15 - shut up and write for 1 hour 11:15 - quick check-in - how did it go? BRING: A computer with webcam and whatever you need to be able to write (pen, paper, etc!). No matter where you're sheltering in place, you are welcome - you need not be a West End participant! P.S. If you've never used WebEx, give yourself a few extra minutes to download the app. P.P.S. We'll be meeting virtually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. until further notice.

Shut Up & Write!™ - Virtual Edition

Online event

In the pre-COVID-19 world, I host ShutUp&Write at the West End Public Library in D.C. Let's meet via WebEx. It will be sort of like our meetings at the library - except we can mute everyone during the writing. LOL We'll be together - apart. Everyone works on their own thing, no obligation to share—just show up and make any kind of words happen. If you're spending too much time thinking about writing, log in for an hour of focused writing. SCHEDULE: 10:00 - quick check-in - what will you work on? 10:15 - shut up and write for 1 hour 11:15 - quick check-in - how did it go? BRING: A computer with webcam and whatever you need to be able to write (pen, paper, etc!). No matter where you're sheltering in place, you are welcome - you need not be a West End participant! P.S. If you've never used WebEx, give yourself a few extra minutes to download the app. P.P.S. We'll be meeting virtually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. until further notice.

Shut Up & Write!™ - Virtual Edition

Online event

In the pre-COVID-19 world, I host ShutUp&Write at the West End Public Library in D.C. Let's meet via WebEx. It will be sort of like our meetings at the library - except we can mute everyone during the writing. LOL We'll be together - apart. Everyone works on their own thing, no obligation to share—just show up and make any kind of words happen. If you're spending too much time thinking about writing, log in for an hour of focused writing. SCHEDULE: 10:00 - quick check-in - what will you work on? 10:15 - shut up and write for 1 hour 11:15 - quick check-in - how did it go? BRING: A computer with webcam and whatever you need to be able to write (pen, paper, etc!). No matter where you're sheltering in place, you are welcome - you need not be a West End participant! P.S. If you've never used WebEx, give yourself a few extra minutes to download the app. P.P.S. We'll be meeting virtually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m. until further notice.

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Shut Up & Write!™ - Virtual Edition

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