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+)

Shut Up & Write!™ Southside

Upstairs in Danas Patisserie

UPDATE: organiser has been on maternity leave but will be back in the new year. The group still meets on Mondays! • What we'll do Join us for two hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 10am onMondays. 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: 10:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 10:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 11:30 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING may take place after we write and have lunch. 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 after the session. If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you! • What to 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. There aren't many plugs in the cafe, so I suggest you ensure your computer is all charged • Important to know Dana's does have WiFi. TRAVEL / PARKING: Balaclava Station is a 3 minute walk away and tram 16 and 3 stop right outside. There is limited parking on the street. ACCESSIBILITY: we usually meet upstairs and sadly there are no elevators. If you are concerned about access, please contact me (Dalit) and I'll look into an alternative place. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. The food and coffee are great!

Shut Up & Write!™ Coburg

Coburg Library

Join us for two hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you by attending from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Monday evenings at Coburg Library*. 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. At Coburg Shut Up & Write we use the Pomodoro Technique (25 minutes writing with 5-minute breaks) to make sessions as productive as possible. SCHEDULE: 5:30pm - Quick Introductions 5:35pm - Write for 25 minutes 6:00pm - 5 minute break 6:05pm - Write for 25 minutes 6:30pm - 5 minute break 6:35pm - Write for 25 minutes 7:00pm - 5 minute break 7:05pm - Write for 25 minutes 7:25pm - 5 minute break 7:30pm - End of Session - Coburg Library closes at 8:00pm BEING LATE IS OKAY: Just show up and get settled, then check-in with Kylie after the session. 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 Coburg Library! Q&A WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block out sound. There will be limited power-points, so bring your laptop fully charged. OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS Coburg Library has free WiFi available for library users. TRAVEL / PARKING Coburg Library is close to Coburg Train Station and is accessible via the 19 tram. Car parking is readily available in the surrounding area. SEATING INFORMATION This event is open to the public and there will be plenty of seating in our allocated space. Feel free to bring along someone you know! GUIDELINES ABOUT FOOD/DRINKS This event will not be catered, however please feel free to bring a snack to share with other attendees. GUIDELINES FOR THE ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE This event will take part in a quiet room at the back of the library. Therefore, please be advised that this event is not suitable for young children. Young people over the age of 16 with the intent to write/work are welcome to attend, as are children under the age of 16 as long as they attend with a parent/guardian or with another responsible adult (with a permission note from their parent/guardian). We please ask everybody who attends to respect the quiet environment of our sessions. * We meet in the meeting room inside the library in the back left-hand corner, NOT the Coburg Library Meeting Room outside of the library (this is a separate council facility).

Shut Up & Write!™ Southside

Upstairs in Danas Patisserie

UPDATE: organiser has been on maternity leave but will be back in the new year. The group still meets on Mondays! • What we'll do Join us for two hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 10am onMondays. 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: 10:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 10:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 11:30 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING may take place after we write and have lunch. 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 after the session. If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you! • What to 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. There aren't many plugs in the cafe, so I suggest you ensure your computer is all charged • Important to know Dana's does have WiFi. TRAVEL / PARKING: Balaclava Station is a 3 minute walk away and tram 16 and 3 stop right outside. There is limited parking on the street. ACCESSIBILITY: we usually meet upstairs and sadly there are no elevators. If you are concerned about access, please contact me (Dalit) and I'll look into an alternative place. GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. The food and coffee are great!

Shut Up & Write!™ Coburg

Coburg Library

Join us for two hours of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you by attending from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Monday evenings at Coburg Library*. 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. At Coburg Shut Up & Write we use the Pomodoro Technique (25 minutes writing with 5-minute breaks) to make sessions as productive as possible. SCHEDULE: 5:30pm - Quick Introductions 5:35pm - Write for 25 minutes 6:00pm - 5 minute break 6:05pm - Write for 25 minutes 6:30pm - 5 minute break 6:35pm - Write for 25 minutes 7:00pm - 5 minute break 7:05pm - Write for 25 minutes 7:25pm - 5 minute break 7:30pm - End of Session - Coburg Library closes at 8:00pm BEING LATE IS OKAY: Just show up and get settled, then check-in with Kylie after the session. 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 Coburg Library! Q&A WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block out sound. There will be limited power-points, so bring your laptop fully charged. OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS Coburg Library has free WiFi available for library users. TRAVEL / PARKING Coburg Library is close to Coburg Train Station and is accessible via the 19 tram. Car parking is readily available in the surrounding area. SEATING INFORMATION This event is open to the public and there will be plenty of seating in our allocated space. Feel free to bring along someone you know! GUIDELINES ABOUT FOOD/DRINKS This event will not be catered, however please feel free to bring a snack to share with other attendees. GUIDELINES FOR THE ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE This event will take part in a quiet room at the back of the library. Therefore, please be advised that this event is not suitable for young children. Young people over the age of 16 with the intent to write/work are welcome to attend, as are children under the age of 16 as long as they attend with a parent/guardian or with another responsible adult (with a permission note from their parent/guardian). We please ask everybody who attends to respect the quiet environment of our sessions. * We meet in the meeting room inside the library in the back left-hand corner, NOT the Coburg Library Meeting Room outside of the library (this is a separate council facility).

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Shut Up & Write!™ Coburg

Coburg Library

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