What we're about

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 (4+)

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 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday mornings.

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:
10:00 - Quick introductions
10:15 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
11:15 - 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:

ZOOM: 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!™ - 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 - 2-hour Online Virtual Event

Online event

Login from ANYWHERE, join us for two hours of writing either in-person or via zoom from the comfort of your own home.

Note: We're taking a break from in-person at DCPL-West End,
Washington, D.C. until February.

If you wish to join us via zoom--
RSVP to this event to gain access to the zoom meeting link.

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 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Friday mornings.

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:
10:15 - Quick introductions
10:30ish - Timer starts: write for 2 hours
12:30ish - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing

WHAT DO I NEED?
To meet via zoom: A computer with working camera and microphone, a good internet connection, and optionally, headphones.

To write with us: a computer/tablet or pen/pencil with paper/journal /notebook/napkin - anything you wish to write on.

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:

ZOOM: 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.

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 10:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday mornings.

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:
10:00 - Quick introductions
10:15 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
11:15 - 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:

ZOOM: 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.

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