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.

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 (5)

One Loudoun's Shut Up & Write!®

Barnes & Noble

Join us for an hour (or two) of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2pm on Thursday afternoon. 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: 1:45 - Quick intros and hellos. You're welcome to share what you're working on or just your name, no pressure. 2:05 - Timer starts: write for 2 hours in 25 minute sprints. 2:30 - First Break, report word counts/pages edited and cheer each other on. 2:35 - Next timed sprint. 3:00 - Second break, repeat reporting of progress. If you only have one hour to spare, this is when you would leave. 3:05 - Third Sprint. 3:30- Last break, report progress and keep going! 3:35 - Fourth sprint of the day. 4:00 - (The End) chat / take off / keep writing. B&N Kitchen closes at 10pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 4:00 and can last as long as you want. 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 Barnes & Noble Kitchen! 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. Our goal is always to grab a table with outlets, so bring your power cords if needed. Other Important Details: WiFi: B&N Kitchen does have WiFi, no password needed. TRAVEL / PARKING: Parking on the street is only good for an hour. We recommend utilizing the free parking garages located within a block of the building. SEATING INFORMATION: We cap the group at 12, so please RSVP if you can make it. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

One Loudoun's Shut Up & Write!®

Barnes & Noble

Join us for an hour (or two) of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2pm on Thursday afternoon. 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: 1:45 - Quick intros and hellos. You're welcome to share what you're working on or just your name, no pressure. 2:05 - Timer starts: write for 2 hours in 25 minute sprints. 2:30 - First Break, report word counts/pages edited and cheer each other on. 2:35 - Next timed sprint. 3:00 - Second break, repeat reporting of progress. If you only have one hour to spare, this is when you would leave. 3:05 - Third Sprint. 3:30- Last break, report progress and keep going! 3:35 - Fourth sprint of the day. 4:00 - (The End) chat / take off / keep writing. B&N Kitchen closes at 10pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 4:00 and can last as long as you want. 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 Barnes & Noble Kitchen! 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. Our goal is always to grab a table with outlets, so bring your power cords if needed. Other Important Details: WiFi: B&N Kitchen does have WiFi, no password needed. TRAVEL / PARKING: Parking on the street is only good for an hour. We recommend utilizing the free parking garages located within a block of the building. SEATING INFORMATION: We cap the group at 12, so please RSVP if you can make it. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

One Loudoun's Shut Up & Write!®

Barnes & Noble

Join us for an hour (or two) of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2pm on Thursday afternoon. 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: 1:45 - Quick intros and hellos. You're welcome to share what you're working on or just your name, no pressure. 2:05 - Timer starts: write for 2 hours in 25 minute sprints. 2:30 - First Break, report word counts/pages edited and cheer each other on. 2:35 - Next timed sprint. 3:00 - Second break, repeat reporting of progress. If you only have one hour to spare, this is when you would leave. 3:05 - Third Sprint. 3:30- Last break, report progress and keep going! 3:35 - Fourth sprint of the day. 4:00 - (The End) chat / take off / keep writing. B&N Kitchen closes at 10pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 4:00 and can last as long as you want. 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 Barnes & Noble Kitchen! 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. Our goal is always to grab a table with outlets, so bring your power cords if needed. Other Important Details: WiFi: B&N Kitchen does have WiFi, no password needed. TRAVEL / PARKING: Parking on the street is only good for an hour. We recommend utilizing the free parking garages located within a block of the building. SEATING INFORMATION: We cap the group at 12, so please RSVP if you can make it. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

One Loudoun's Shut Up & Write!®

Barnes & Noble

Join us for an hour (or two) of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 2pm on Thursday afternoon. 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: 1:45 - Quick intros and hellos. You're welcome to share what you're working on or just your name, no pressure. 2:05 - Timer starts: write for 2 hours in 25 minute sprints. 2:30 - First Break, report word counts/pages edited and cheer each other on. 2:35 - Next timed sprint. 3:00 - Second break, repeat reporting of progress. If you only have one hour to spare, this is when you would leave. 3:05 - Third Sprint. 3:30- Last break, report progress and keep going! 3:35 - Fourth sprint of the day. 4:00 - (The End) chat / take off / keep writing. B&N Kitchen closes at 10pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 4:00 and can last as long as you want. 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 Barnes & Noble Kitchen! 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. Our goal is always to grab a table with outlets, so bring your power cords if needed. Other Important Details: WiFi: B&N Kitchen does have WiFi, no password needed. TRAVEL / PARKING: Parking on the street is only good for an hour. We recommend utilizing the free parking garages located within a block of the building. SEATING INFORMATION: We cap the group at 12, so please RSVP if you can make it. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

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