Shut Up & Write!™ Encino

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Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s incredibly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 7:15pm on Wednesday 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.

7:15 - Quick Introductions (arrive early to get some food or drink.)
7:30 - Timer starts: write silently for 1 hour.
8:30 - Timer ends: chat, take off or keep writing. The cafe closes at 9pm.
OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens from 6:45 to 7:15 and between 8:30 and 9. I will often be there at 6:45 to order food and greet early-comers. Writing is very solitary. Connecting with other writers can be helpful and supportive.

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 are on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer.
Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Coral Tree Cafe!

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.
Come with your charged laptop. This is a new location for us, so it remains to be seen what their outlet situation is.

Other Important Details:
WIFI: Coral Tree has WiFi.
PARKING: Coral Tree has a parking lot with limited spots. There is metered street parking on Ventura Blvd. and some unmetered parking in the surrounding neighborhood.
SEATING INFORMATION: We will be at one of Coral Tree's large community tables. If that is full just sit at an adjacent table. The restaurant is pretty quiet at this hour.

GUIDELINES: Coral Tree has delicious organic food and can accommodate most food allergies. Coffee is organic and they have milk alternatives. They serve wine and Happy Hour is from 4-7pm. They also have desserts, muffins & scones, including gluten-free options. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something!

Lastly, please be respectful and considerate. Be mindful of boundaries! Not everyone feels like talking before or after, or sharing information. And we never give unsolicited advice. This is a safe, supportive place to Shutup & Write!