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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+)

Shut Up & Write!™ Cafe Óle Lakewood

3225 S Wadsworth Blvd

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 5pm on Thursday evenings at Cafe Ole.
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:
5:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros.
5:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour.
6:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Cafe Ole closes at 7pm.

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens after the session until 7pm. 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 Cafe Ole!

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.
Please, bring your laptop pre-charged, but there are outlets available if needed.

Other Important Details:
Cafe Ole does have WiFi. No password required.

TRAVEL / PARKING: The cafe is located two blocks north of Hampden (Hwy 285), or the first light South of Yale. Turn West on Eastman PL. Take a left into the second parking lot. (Not the Crawling Crab lot) Drive past the brewery Landlocked Ales and go right-the coffee shop is a couple doors down in the strip mall.

SEATING INFORMATION: I will reserve a table for our group. Look for the sign.

GUIDELINES: This is a small strip-mall coffee shop, featuring espresso drinks, frappes & smoothies with sweet & savory snacks with a southwestern zest. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something if you can.

Shut Up & Write!™ Cafe Óle Lakewood

3225 S Wadsworth Blvd

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 5pm on Thursday evenings at Cafe Ole.
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:
5:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros.
5:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour.
6:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Cafe Ole closes at 7pm.

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens after the session until 7pm. 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 Cafe Ole!

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.
Please, bring your laptop pre-charged, but there are outlets available if needed.

Other Important Details:
Cafe Ole does have WiFi. No password required.

TRAVEL / PARKING: The cafe is located two blocks north of Hampden (Hwy 285), or the first light South of Yale. Turn West on Eastman PL. Take a left into the second parking lot. (Not the Crawling Crab lot) Drive past the brewery Landlocked Ales and go right-the coffee shop is a couple doors down in the strip mall.

SEATING INFORMATION: I will reserve a table for our group. Look for the sign.

GUIDELINES: This is a small strip-mall coffee shop, featuring espresso drinks, frappes & smoothies with sweet & savory snacks with a southwestern zest. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something if you can.

Shut Up & Write!™ Cafe Óle Lakewood

3225 S Wadsworth Blvd

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 5pm on Thursday evenings at Cafe Ole.
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:
5:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros.
5:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour.
6:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Cafe Ole closes at 7pm.

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens after the session until 7pm. 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 Cafe Ole!

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.
Please, bring your laptop pre-charged, but there are outlets available if needed.

Other Important Details:
Cafe Ole does have WiFi. No password required.

TRAVEL / PARKING: The cafe is located two blocks north of Hampden (Hwy 285), or the first light South of Yale. Turn West on Eastman PL. Take a left into the second parking lot. (Not the Crawling Crab lot) Drive past the brewery Landlocked Ales and go right-the coffee shop is a couple doors down in the strip mall.

SEATING INFORMATION: I will reserve a table for our group. Look for the sign.

GUIDELINES: This is a small strip-mall coffee shop, featuring espresso drinks, frappes & smoothies with sweet & savory snacks with a southwestern zest. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something if you can.

Shut Up & Write!™ Cafe Óle Lakewood

3225 S Wadsworth Blvd

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 5pm on Thursday evenings at Cafe Ole.
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:
5:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros.
5:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour.
6:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Cafe Ole closes at 7pm.

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens after the session until 7pm. 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 Cafe Ole!

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.
Please, bring your laptop pre-charged, but there are outlets available if needed.

Other Important Details:
Cafe Ole does have WiFi. No password required.

TRAVEL / PARKING: The cafe is located two blocks north of Hampden (Hwy 285), or the first light South of Yale. Turn West on Eastman PL. Take a left into the second parking lot. (Not the Crawling Crab lot) Drive past the brewery Landlocked Ales and go right-the coffee shop is a couple doors down in the strip mall.

SEATING INFORMATION: I will reserve a table for our group. Look for the sign.

GUIDELINES: This is a small strip-mall coffee shop, featuring espresso drinks, frappes & smoothies with sweet & savory snacks with a southwestern zest. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something if you can.

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Shut Up & Write!™ Cafe Óle Lakewood

3225 S Wadsworth Blvd

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