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! (Friday, Crazy Mocha in Squirrel Hill)

This is the Friday meeting for Shut Up & Write! in Squirrel Hill. We use the lower level of the Crazy Mocha at Murray and Hobart. This writing group is friendly and relaxed, so don't be afraid to attend if you're worried about fitting in. Everyone who wants to write can join us as long as they're courteous and kind. Whether you write fiction, poetry, code, or anything else, you are welcome here. There's no wrong way to write, even if that means staring at your screen for an hour. Schedule: 6:00-6:15 - Buy a drink, mingle, and get ready. We have a brief introduction where we share what we'll be working on. 6:15-7:15 - Shut up and write—literally! Everyone works on their own project for an hour. 7:15-7:30 - Share how successful you were. Hang out as long as you like, or keep writing. Please arrive early enough to buy something from the coffee shop that hosts us. The wifi can be spotty some days, and you should make sure your devices are charged in case you cannot find an outlet. Remember to RSVP each week. This lets us determine if we should wait for members who are running late. Come write with us!

Shut Up & Write Squirrel Hill

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill Branch

We'll be meeting in the Squirrel Hill library, in the area with the tables. Come by to talk about your work and get some writing done!

Shut Up & Write! (Friday, Crazy Mocha in Squirrel Hill)

This is the Friday meeting for Shut Up & Write! in Squirrel Hill. We use the lower level of the Crazy Mocha at Murray and Hobart. This writing group is friendly and relaxed, so don't be afraid to attend if you're worried about fitting in. Everyone who wants to write can join us as long as they're courteous and kind. Whether you write fiction, poetry, code, or anything else, you are welcome here. There's no wrong way to write, even if that means staring at your screen for an hour. Schedule: 6:00-6:15 - Buy a drink, mingle, and get ready. We have a brief introduction where we share what we'll be working on. 6:15-7:15 - Shut up and write—literally! Everyone works on their own project for an hour. 7:15-7:30 - Share how successful you were. Hang out as long as you like, or keep writing. Please arrive early enough to buy something from the coffee shop that hosts us. The wifi can be spotty some days, and you should make sure your devices are charged in case you cannot find an outlet. Remember to RSVP each week. This lets us determine if we should wait for members who are running late. Come write with us!

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 starting on Dec 4, 2016 and will critique two papers per session. Papers will be critiqued on a first come, first served basis, and we will take volunteers for the next session at the current session's conclusion. PAPERS: They should be 1) Any form. Personal Essay. Short story. Chapter. Blog. Whatever you would like feedback on. 2) In doc or docx form. 3) No more than approximately 10,000 words. . . If your piece is 10,050, I think the group could forgive the extra 50 words. :-) If it is 15,000, it's probably too long. 4) 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 his or her 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.) Readers will be asked to leave the group if they consistently engage in attacks on other writers' work. ** Electrical outlets are limited, so it is a good idea to make sure your laptops are fully charged. There is free wi-fi, I believe, but if not, please keep in mind that we are open to changing venues. CRITIQUES: The evening will consist of two critiques, beginning after introductions (6:00) at ~6:15 and 7:00 respectively, but 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.) Each critique will last no longer than 45 minutes, so please keep in mind that you will need to be at the critique for 1.5 hours. 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. AGENDA: 6:00-6:15: Introductions 6:15-7:00: First Critique 7:00-7:45: Second Critique 7:45-?: Hang-out and/or write

Past events (62)

Shut Up & Write Squirrel Hill

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill Branch

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