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Shut Up & Write!™ Durham
Join us for one or two hour-long sessions of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 5.30 p.m. on Monday nights. 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 it, come and get some real writing done! 5:30 - Get settled and quick intros. 5:45 - SESSION 1: timer starts. Write for 1 hour. 6:45 - End of first hour and break time. Feel free to take off, stick around, or join us at this point for the second hour of writing. 7:00 - SESSION 2: timer starts. Write for 1 hour. 8:00 - End of second hour. You can chat / take off / keep writing. Mad Hatter's closes at 9 p.m. SEATING: We will be seated towards the back of Mad Hatter's with Shut Up & Write signs. GUIDELINES • Mad Hatter's has WiFi, but it goes out a lot (no password required to access). • Mad Hatter's has a pretty good distribution of outlets, but keep in mind that outlet access is not guaranteed. • Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block the cafe's ambient noise. • Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. Mad Hatter's has a full menu, so it's a good dinner option if you haven't yet eaten. TRAVEL / PARKING There is ample parking in the shared parking lot in front of Mad Hatter's. BEING LATE IS OKAY: Just show up and get settled, then check-in after the session. (I’ll be the woman with the Shut Up & Write! signs.) 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 Mad Hatter's!

Mad Hatter's Bake Shop

1802 W Main St · Durham, NC

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.
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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.

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