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Shut Up & Write hosts free in-person and online writing events for writers all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that every writer, regardless of genre or skill level, has access to the community, accountability, and resources they need to be successful in their personal writing goals. Our events use our proven formula: a few minutes of introductions, a period of focused writing, and a final check-in to share our progress.

What to Expect

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled at an in-person event. Our host will lead introductions and then everyone will write for a quiet, focused period of time.

Afterward, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. Our events are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

For more information, visit https://shutupwrite.com.

Upcoming events (4+)

CENTRAL PHOENIX Shut Up & Write!™ Wed 10 AM (First Draft Book Bar)

First Draft Book Bar

At Shut Up & Write we’ve discovered it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem, or work stuff, you’re invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written (unless you ask them to) or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Join us:

COST
$5.00 (cash) / per writer / per session (covers private room rental & anthology project fees).

LOCATION
First Draft Book Bar (inside Changing Hands-Phoenix)
300 W Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Please note: Writing sessions are for adult writers only; there is no childcare available at the site.

SCHEDULE

  • Sign-in, purchase food/beverage (optional), introductions

  • Silent writing (sessions vary from 1 hour to 1.5 hours)

  • Post-writing chat. This is a great way to connect with other writers, discuss writing projects and hurdles, share recommendations, and participate in an optional Beta Reader process.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • Your favorite writing tools (if you bring a laptop, be sure it's charged)
  • $5.00 cash for room-fee

FOOD/BEVERAGES?
May be purchased at First Draft Book Bar. (No outside food or beverages permitted.)

WIFI?
Yes, First Draft Book Bar has free Wi-Fi.

PARKING?
Free parking is available at the site.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?
First Draft Book Bar is easily accessible via city bus or light rail.

GILBERT Shut Up & Write!® SE VALLEY, Thursdays @ 5:30 PM In-Person

At Shut Up & Write, we’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. Be it a book, blog, script, poem, essay, dissertation, journal, resume, melody, 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 unless you ask for it from one writer to another.

Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Meeting with other writers keeps you accountable for doing the actual writing and you become part of a writing community. If this sounds right to you, meet us at 5:30 pm on Thursday evenings. We look forward to having you Shut Up & Write!

SCHEDULE:
5:30 - Quick introductions/Announcements
5:45 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
6:45 - Writing ends: Optional writing exercise starts
7:15 - Exercise ends

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 7:30. 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 La Madeleine Cafe!

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.
Please be sure your laptops are charged, as plugins are limited.

Other Important Details:
La Madeleine does have WiFi.
The closest parking is the lot to the east of Dick's Sporting Goods. La Madeleine Bakery & Cafe is located on Desert Sky Drive across the street from Bourbon & Bones Steakhouse
Our group will be in the private room in the back.
GUIDELINES: La Madeleine has graciously offered the use of their private back room for our meetups! Please be courteous and thank our hosts by purchasing a drink, a bakery item, or a meal.

Shut Up & Write!® NORTHWEST VALLEY (In-Person TUESDAYS @ 10AM)

Foothills Library

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At Shut Up & Write we’ve discovered it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem, or work stuff, you’re invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written (unless you ask them to) or give you unsolicited advice.

COST
Free!

LOCATION
Foothills Library - Hummingbird Room
19055 N 57th Ave
Glendale, AZ 85308
United States

Please note: Writing sessions are for adult writers only; there is no childcare available at the site.

SCHEDULE
10:00 AM: Sign-in and introductions
10:20 AM-11:20 AM: Silent writing hour
11:20 AM-Noon: Post-writing chat. This is a great way to connect with other writers, discuss writing projects and hurdles, share recommendations, and participate in a monthly critique group.

What Should I Bring?

  • Whatever you need to be able to write!

  • Bring earbuds/earplugs if you wish to tune into your desired music.

  • If you use a laptop or tablet, be sure to bring the charger (and try to bring that device fully charged).

FOOD/BEVERAGES?
Eating - food and drinks are permitted in designated areas, but must be in closable containers and/or have secured lids.

WIFI?
Yes, Foothills Library has free Wi-Fi.

PARKING?
Free parking is available at the site.

CENTRAL PHOENIX Shut Up & Write!™ Wed 10 AM (First Draft Book Bar)

First Draft Book Bar

At Shut Up & Write we’ve discovered it’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers. Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem, or work stuff, you’re invited to write it with us. No one will see what you've written (unless you ask them to) or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. Join us:

COST
$5.00 (cash) / per writer / per session (covers private room rental & anthology project fees).

LOCATION
First Draft Book Bar (inside Changing Hands-Phoenix)
300 W Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Please note: Writing sessions are for adult writers only; there is no childcare available at the site.

SCHEDULE

  • Sign-in, purchase food/beverage (optional), introductions

  • Silent writing (sessions vary from 1 hour to 1.5 hours)

  • Post-writing chat. This is a great way to connect with other writers, discuss writing projects and hurdles, share recommendations, and participate in an optional Beta Reader process.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • Your favorite writing tools (if you bring a laptop, be sure it's charged)
  • $5.00 cash for room-fee

FOOD/BEVERAGES?
May be purchased at First Draft Book Bar. (No outside food or beverages permitted.)

WIFI?
Yes, First Draft Book Bar has free Wi-Fi.

PARKING?
Free parking is available at the site.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?
First Draft Book Bar is easily accessible via city bus or light rail.

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