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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

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together.

This group started online during the pandemic -- and many of us preferred working virtually rather than contending with a commute just to gather. Though we are based in Orange County, we welcome writers from other time zones. Please join us from the comfort of your home for a focused time to write 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. 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:
7:45 - Quick check in and introductions
8:00 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
9:00 - The End: quick wrap up, chat, take off, or keep writing on your own.

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:

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

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together.

This group started online during the pandemic -- and many of us preferred working virtually rather than contending with a commute just to gather. Though we are based in Orange County, we welcome writers from other time zones. Please join us from the comfort of your home for a focused time to write 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. 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:
7:45 - Quick check in and introductions
8:00 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
9:00 - The End: quick wrap up, chat, take off, or keep writing on your own.

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:

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

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together.

This group started online during the pandemic -- and many of us preferred working virtually rather than contending with a commute just to gather. Though we are based in Orange County, we welcome writers from other time zones. Please join us from the comfort of your home for a focused time to write 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. 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:
7:45 - Quick check in and introductions
8:00 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
9:00 - The End: quick wrap up, chat, take off, or keep writing on your own.

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:

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

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together.

This group started online during the pandemic -- and many of us preferred working virtually rather than contending with a commute just to gather. Though we are based in Orange County, we welcome writers from other time zones. Please join us from the comfort of your home for a focused time to write 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. 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:
7:45 - Quick check in and introductions
8:00 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
9:00 - The End: quick wrap up, chat, take off, or keep writing on your own.

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:

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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Online Event: Shut Up & Write on Zoom

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