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!™ ONLINE WRITING SESSION (Monday)

Online event

Current Information: We will be meeting online to write for the next few weeks using Google Hangouts. We will check in from 6:15 to 6:30, write for an hour, and then catch up on how we did, just like normal. The link to join will be visible once you RSVP. ** This is the Squirrel Hill library Monday night meetup. We'll be at a table in the area between the reference desks and the picture windows in the front of the library, straight through the doors. There will usually be a sign on our table. This writing group is open to everyone as long as they're polite and respectful, regardless of what they write, including fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, screen and script writing, etc. Feel free to come and work as much or as little as you like - we don't judge any way of working, including reading or playing games on your phone for an hour. Schedule: 6:15-6:30: Arrive, find a place to sit and get ready. We'll go around and introduce ourselves before we start. 6:30-7:30: Write for an hour. 7:30-7:45: Head out, keep working, or stick around to socialize for a few minutes. The library has free wifi and computers available for use by patrons. Street parking in Squirrel Hill is free after 6 PM, and the 61A, B, C and D bus routes along with the 64, 74 and 93 are all convenient. RSVPing is helpful as it lets us know whether we should wait, as is commenting if you're running late. It's fine to come in late, too, just take a seat and start working, and check in when you're done.

Shut Up & Write!™ ONLINE WRITING SESSION (Monday)

Online event

Current Information: We will be meeting online to write for the next few weeks using Google Hangouts. We will check in from 6:15 to 6:30, write for an hour, and then catch up on how we did, just like normal. The link to join will be visible once you RSVP. ** This is the Squirrel Hill library Monday night meetup. We'll be at a table in the area between the reference desks and the picture windows in the front of the library, straight through the doors. There will usually be a sign on our table. This writing group is open to everyone as long as they're polite and respectful, regardless of what they write, including fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, screen and script writing, etc. Feel free to come and work as much or as little as you like - we don't judge any way of working, including reading or playing games on your phone for an hour. Schedule: 6:15-6:30: Arrive, find a place to sit and get ready. We'll go around and introduce ourselves before we start. 6:30-7:30: Write for an hour. 7:30-7:45: Head out, keep working, or stick around to socialize for a few minutes. The library has free wifi and computers available for use by patrons. Street parking in Squirrel Hill is free after 6 PM, and the 61A, B, C and D bus routes along with the 64, 74 and 93 are all convenient. RSVPing is helpful as it lets us know whether we should wait, as is commenting if you're running late. It's fine to come in late, too, just take a seat and start working, and check in when you're done.

Shut Up & Write (The Critique Session)

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Waterfront/Homestead

Details Now that you've been shutting up and writing, you might want some feedback. This session is here to facilitate! LOCATION AND TIME: We will meet at the Barnes and Noble Cafe (Waterfront, Homestead) every other week and will critique two papers per session. Papers will be critiqued on a first come, first served basis. General rules and guidelines: SUBMISSIONS: 1) Can be in any form. Personal Essay. Short story. Chapter. Blog. Whatever you would like feedback on. Please provide a brief description of the type of feedback you are looking for. If you are looking for general feedback, that is also fine. 2) Should be doc or docx or google doc form. These formats allow comments and in line edits that can be tracked. PDFs are also acceptable, but note that you will not receive comments on the document itself. 3) No more than approximately 10,000 words. If your piece is longer, please conclude it at the most appropriate place (chapter ending, scene ending etc) that is closest to 10,000 words. Keeping the submissions to this length will give the attendees more time to read and provide helpful feedback. 4) Unfortunately we do not critique gratuitous violence, or submissions with hate speech. The group moderators reserve the right to deny a submission request if it does not meet our guidelines. 5) Circulated to participants via email the Wednesday prior to the meetup. If you have concerns about circulating your information, you can set up a "burner" account for this or, alternatively, email to one of the organizers, who can forward the piece on your behalf. 5) Read and commented* upon prior to the start of the critique session. Comments will be turned over to the writer at the end of the critique, and readers can bring their comments in hard or electronic copy. If you opt to comment electronically, please email your notes to the writer at the end of the session**. *Please keep in mind that writers are looking to you for guidance on how to improve their work. This means providing the type of commentary that you would want to receive. In other words, please provide constructive criticism rather than mean-spirited comments like "This is awful." or "What were you thinking." (Hint: if you have to question whether it's too much in terms of snark or cattiness, it probably is.) ** Electrical outlets are limited, so it is a good idea to make sure your laptops are fully charged. There is free wi-fi, but please keep in mind that we are open to changing venues. CRITIQUES: AGENDA: 6:00-6:05: Introductions 6:05-7:00: First Critique 7:00-7:55: Second Critique You might consider arriving a little early to buy something to eat or drink (and show Barnes and Noble Cafe appreciation for letting us use the space.) If you cannot commit to that amount of time (e.g., either arriving late or leaving early), please do not sign-up for the session. As with the mean-spirited commentary, readers who are consistently late or consistently leave early will be asked to leave the group as late arrivals and/or departures signify a lack of regard for the others participating in the group. If your plans change and you cannot attend, please cancel your RSVP. Other guidelines: 1) No discussion of religion or politics. Please be mindful and respectful about others' personal beliefs. 2) Keep the discussion limited to the critiques. Don't engage in sidebars as they can be distracting. 3) Our critique format is conversational, but please be respectful of others and do not talk over them, interrupt them, or cut them off as they are providing feedback. Readers will be asked to leave the group if they consistently engage in attacks on other writers' work or engage in disruptive behavior.

Shut Up & Write!™ ONLINE WRITING SESSION (Monday)

Online event

Current Information: We will be meeting online to write for the next few weeks using Google Hangouts. We will check in from 6:15 to 6:30, write for an hour, and then catch up on how we did, just like normal. The link to join will be visible once you RSVP. ** This is the Squirrel Hill library Monday night meetup. We'll be at a table in the area between the reference desks and the picture windows in the front of the library, straight through the doors. There will usually be a sign on our table. This writing group is open to everyone as long as they're polite and respectful, regardless of what they write, including fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, screen and script writing, etc. Feel free to come and work as much or as little as you like - we don't judge any way of working, including reading or playing games on your phone for an hour. Schedule: 6:15-6:30: Arrive, find a place to sit and get ready. We'll go around and introduce ourselves before we start. 6:30-7:30: Write for an hour. 7:30-7:45: Head out, keep working, or stick around to socialize for a few minutes. The library has free wifi and computers available for use by patrons. Street parking in Squirrel Hill is free after 6 PM, and the 61A, B, C and D bus routes along with the 64, 74 and 93 are all convenient. RSVPing is helpful as it lets us know whether we should wait, as is commenting if you're running late. It's fine to come in late, too, just take a seat and start working, and check in when you're done.

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Shut Up & Write (The Critique Session)

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Waterfront/Homestead

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