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Shut Up & Write!™ @ Stone Creek Factory Café!
Join us for an hour of writing! We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. See if it’s true for you at 11:30am on Friday mornings for a lunch-hour session at Stone Creek Factory Café ( 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. Here's what you can expect if you join us for our Friday MeetUps: • 11:30am - quick intros & set-up • 11:35am - timer starts and the writing hour begins • 12:35pm - the end of the hour is announced, but if you don't want to chat, or take off, you can always continue writing (The café opens at 5:30am and the location closes daily at 7pm. Check out the Yelp review ( for more info.) A few other notes about Stone Creek Factory Café ( • WiFi is free and available within the building. • There are limited outlets, so you'll want to have a good charge on your laptop or other writing device. • The location is busy during the lunch-hour - but many people tend to grab & go - that said, bring headphones / earbuds / earplugs if you want to block out conversation from other patrons. • Café options include ample selections for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. The kitchen menu is online ( • Coffee, tea, and other beverages are available. Have a look! ( • Tables vary in size and accommodation. LOTS of photos available on Yelp! ( Tips on travel and parking: • Stone Creek Factory Café is located at 422 N 5th Street in downtown Milwaukee - between St. Paul and Clybourn. • 10-hour metered parking is available on side streets - and there are several nearby local lots given the proximity to the Amtrak station. • In terms of public / people-powered transportation, please check out your options using GoogleMap (,-87.9193476,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x25a3e257535ad9f4!8m2!3d43.0352307!4d-87.9171589?hl=en&shorturl=1). A few other notes on Shut Up & Write MeetUps: OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 12:50pm. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. Also, 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! table-tent in front of my MacBook.) Happy writing. We look forward to seeing you at Stone Creek Factory Café on Fridays!

Stone Creek Coffee - Factory Café

422 North 5th Street · Milwaukee

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.
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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.

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