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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 (5)

ONLINE Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Jacksonville, Oregon: 8:40-10 am

UPDATE DUE TO "KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES" WE ARE hosting LIVE Zoom Meetings. Stir It Up - formerly known as - Rebel Hearts Shut Up & Write! TO USE ZOOM: If you have not used it before, it downloads a small app the first time and asks to be allowed to use your computer mike and camera. This may take 2 minutes to set up, but you only need to do it once. After that, just click the link to Meeting on the time: 8:40 am and day: Every Thursday and you're in! KEEP THE LINK AS IT'S THE SAME EACH WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Shut Up & Write From Home! I have turned off the RSVP since we can take up to 50 people online! At first glance, our name might seem to be a reference to the Bob Marly song titled, "Stir It Up," which seems appropriate, because he was definitely an artist who was also a freedom fighter. But digging a little deeper there's another reference which is relevant: The environmental writer Edward Abbey, who was ahead of his time in writing about issues that need to be addressed, once penned this sentence, "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up once in a while, then a layer of scum floats to the top." Regardless of genre, writing stirs things up. It stirs up memories. It stirs up values. It stirs up assumptions, clichés and stereotypes. It make us question perspective. It gives us a medium to help the world question all these things as well. We welcome anyone who needs to write, for any kind of project. Our format is very brief introductions, followed by an hour of writing. Free. TIME: 8:35-10:00 AM. INTRODUCTIONS: Introduce your work at the beginning of each Shut Up & Write Session. Get clarity about what you are doing. AN HOUR OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING: It's strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you! 8:35 AM on Thursday mornings. 8:35 - quick intros and a quote from a published writer on writing 9:00 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:00 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing / optional discussion. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING: We check back after 10 am for interesting discussions of the art, craft, process and structure of good writing. I look forward to meeting you! ~Gabrielle Pullen, MFA~ Facilitator and Owner of Your Life Matters. I am a historical fiction writer and a Trauma Release Method Coach. What stories are you telling that actually hold you back? Tell a story that lets you channel your emotions into your fiction! Life is not supposed to be plot driven; a life you love is character driven and you are the main character! text to join us![masked]. [masked] Scheduled Zoom meetings: Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Every week on Thursdays! 8:35-10 am ​ Optional check-in after 10 am to discuss ​a.) how it went for you (what worked) b.) what you could do differently ​c.) what you would remember to do going forward​​ Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737500016 Passcode: write Link and password remain the same for easy access! Add it to your calendar now!

ONLINE Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Jacksonville, Oregon: 8:40-10 am

UPDATE DUE TO "KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES" WE ARE hosting LIVE Zoom Meetings. Stir It Up - formerly known as - Rebel Hearts Shut Up & Write! TO USE ZOOM: If you have not used it before, it downloads a small app the first time and asks to be allowed to use your computer mike and camera. This may take 2 minutes to set up, but you only need to do it once. After that, just click the link to Meeting on the time: 8:40 am and day: Every Thursday and you're in! KEEP THE LINK AS IT'S THE SAME EACH WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Shut Up & Write From Home! I have turned off the RSVP since we can take up to 50 people online! At first glance, our name might seem to be a reference to the Bob Marly song titled, "Stir It Up," which seems appropriate, because he was definitely an artist who was also a freedom fighter. But digging a little deeper there's another reference which is relevant: The environmental writer Edward Abbey, who was ahead of his time in writing about issues that need to be addressed, once penned this sentence, "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up once in a while, then a layer of scum floats to the top." Regardless of genre, writing stirs things up. It stirs up memories. It stirs up values. It stirs up assumptions, clichés and stereotypes. It make us question perspective. It gives us a medium to help the world question all these things as well. We welcome anyone who needs to write, for any kind of project. Our format is very brief introductions, followed by an hour of writing. Free. TIME: 8:35-10:00 AM. INTRODUCTIONS: Introduce your work at the beginning of each Shut Up & Write Session. Get clarity about what you are doing. AN HOUR OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING: It's strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you! 8:35 AM on Thursday mornings. 8:35 - quick intros and a quote from a published writer on writing 9:00 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:00 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing / optional discussion. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING: We check back after 10 am for interesting discussions of the art, craft, process and structure of good writing. I look forward to meeting you! ~Gabrielle Pullen, MFA~ Facilitator and Owner of Your Life Matters. I am a historical fiction writer and a Trauma Release Method Coach. What stories are you telling that actually hold you back? Tell a story that lets you channel your emotions into your fiction! Life is not supposed to be plot driven; a life you love is character driven and you are the main character! text to join us![masked]. [masked] Scheduled Zoom meetings: Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Every week on Thursdays! 8:35-10 am ​ Optional check-in after 10 am to discuss ​a.) how it went for you (what worked) b.) what you could do differently ​c.) what you would remember to do going forward​​ Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737500016 Passcode: write Link and password remain the same for easy access! Add it to your calendar now!

ONLINE Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Jacksonville, Oregon: 8:40-10 am

UPDATE DUE TO "KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES" WE ARE hosting LIVE Zoom Meetings. Stir It Up - formerly known as - Rebel Hearts Shut Up & Write! TO USE ZOOM: If you have not used it before, it downloads a small app the first time and asks to be allowed to use your computer mike and camera. This may take 2 minutes to set up, but you only need to do it once. After that, just click the link to Meeting on the time: 8:40 am and day: Every Thursday and you're in! KEEP THE LINK AS IT'S THE SAME EACH WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Shut Up & Write From Home! I have turned off the RSVP since we can take up to 50 people online! At first glance, our name might seem to be a reference to the Bob Marly song titled, "Stir It Up," which seems appropriate, because he was definitely an artist who was also a freedom fighter. But digging a little deeper there's another reference which is relevant: The environmental writer Edward Abbey, who was ahead of his time in writing about issues that need to be addressed, once penned this sentence, "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up once in a while, then a layer of scum floats to the top." Regardless of genre, writing stirs things up. It stirs up memories. It stirs up values. It stirs up assumptions, clichés and stereotypes. It make us question perspective. It gives us a medium to help the world question all these things as well. We welcome anyone who needs to write, for any kind of project. Our format is very brief introductions, followed by an hour of writing. Free. TIME: 8:35-10:00 AM. INTRODUCTIONS: Introduce your work at the beginning of each Shut Up & Write Session. Get clarity about what you are doing. AN HOUR OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING: It's strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you! 8:35 AM on Thursday mornings. 8:35 - quick intros and a quote from a published writer on writing 9:00 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:00 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing / optional discussion. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING: We check back after 10 am for interesting discussions of the art, craft, process and structure of good writing. I look forward to meeting you! ~Gabrielle Pullen, MFA~ Facilitator and Owner of Your Life Matters. I am a historical fiction writer and a Trauma Release Method Coach. What stories are you telling that actually hold you back? Tell a story that lets you channel your emotions into your fiction! Life is not supposed to be plot driven; a life you love is character driven and you are the main character! text to join us![masked]. [masked] Scheduled Zoom meetings: Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Every week on Thursdays! 8:35-10 am ​ Optional check-in after 10 am to discuss ​a.) how it went for you (what worked) b.) what you could do differently ​c.) what you would remember to do going forward​​ Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737500016 Passcode: write Link and password remain the same for easy access! Add it to your calendar now!

ONLINE Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Jacksonville, Oregon: 8:40-10 am

UPDATE DUE TO "KEEPING SAFE DISTANCES" WE ARE hosting LIVE Zoom Meetings. Stir It Up - formerly known as - Rebel Hearts Shut Up & Write! TO USE ZOOM: If you have not used it before, it downloads a small app the first time and asks to be allowed to use your computer mike and camera. This may take 2 minutes to set up, but you only need to do it once. After that, just click the link to Meeting on the time: 8:40 am and day: Every Thursday and you're in! KEEP THE LINK AS IT'S THE SAME EACH WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Shut Up & Write From Home! I have turned off the RSVP since we can take up to 50 people online! At first glance, our name might seem to be a reference to the Bob Marly song titled, "Stir It Up," which seems appropriate, because he was definitely an artist who was also a freedom fighter. But digging a little deeper there's another reference which is relevant: The environmental writer Edward Abbey, who was ahead of his time in writing about issues that need to be addressed, once penned this sentence, "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up once in a while, then a layer of scum floats to the top." Regardless of genre, writing stirs things up. It stirs up memories. It stirs up values. It stirs up assumptions, clichés and stereotypes. It make us question perspective. It gives us a medium to help the world question all these things as well. We welcome anyone who needs to write, for any kind of project. Our format is very brief introductions, followed by an hour of writing. Free. TIME: 8:35-10:00 AM. INTRODUCTIONS: Introduce your work at the beginning of each Shut Up & Write Session. Get clarity about what you are doing. AN HOUR OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING: It's strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you! 8:35 AM on Thursday mornings. 8:35 - quick intros and a quote from a published writer on writing 9:00 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:00 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing / optional discussion. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING: We check back after 10 am for interesting discussions of the art, craft, process and structure of good writing. I look forward to meeting you! ~Gabrielle Pullen, MFA~ Facilitator and Owner of Your Life Matters. I am a historical fiction writer and a Trauma Release Method Coach. What stories are you telling that actually hold you back? Tell a story that lets you channel your emotions into your fiction! Life is not supposed to be plot driven; a life you love is character driven and you are the main character! text to join us![masked]. [masked] Scheduled Zoom meetings: Shut Up & Write - Stir It Up! Every week on Thursdays! 8:35-10 am ​ Optional check-in after 10 am to discuss ​a.) how it went for you (what worked) b.) what you could do differently ​c.) what you would remember to do going forward​​ Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737500016 Passcode: write Link and password remain the same for easy access! Add it to your calendar now!

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