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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 (4+)

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

Online event

Current Information:

An online meeting every Wednesday night using Google Hangouts.

We will check in from 6:00 to 6:15, 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. If you want to join an event after it has started but you did not RSVP in advance, please message me or leave a comment on the event page and I will do my best to send you the link at the earliest convenience.

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This used to be 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:

6:00-6:15: Arrive, find a place to sit and get ready. We'll go around and introduce ourselves before we start.

6:15-7:15: Write for an hour.

7:15-7:30: 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.

Online Event: Shut Up & Write Late Night via Zoom

Online event

Tired of binge watching streaming TV shows all evening? Have a great idea for your writing but no motivation to develop it?
Join us for an hour of writing from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve discovered that it’s strikingly helpful to write with others, even if we’re all just hanging out online together. See if it’s true for you at 9:15 PM on Wednesday EVENINGS.

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it with us. Instead of just thinking about writing, come and get some real writing done. And don’t worry, no one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice.

SCHEDULE:
9:15 - Quick introductions
9:30 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
10:30 - The End: chat, take off, or keep writing

WHAT DO I NEED?
A computer with working camera (optional) and microphone, a good internet connection, and headphones (optional).

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
Technical difficulties are part and parcel of getting together online.

If you run into technical issues, remember that this is the time you’ve carved out for yourself and your writing. Whether or not you were able to join our online meet-up, go ahead and get your writing started, then leave a comment below to let us know how it went for you.

Shut Up & Write (The VIRTUAL Critique Session)

Online event

Now that you've been shutting up and writing, you might want some feedback. This session is here to facilitate! Please read all the guidelines outlined below before your first session.

LOCATION AND TIME:

We will meet virtually every other week for the duration of the Covid-19 Pandemic and critique two papers per session. The video meeting link will be sent along with the submissions on the Wednesday before the meeting.

****Please test the meeting link ahead of the meeting to ensure that the video and audio work on your computer.****

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.

Papers will be critiqued on a first come, first served basis.

Our group does 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.

2) Should be doc, 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) Should be 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) Circulated to participants via email the Wednesday prior to the meetup. If you are concerned about circulating your information, you can set up a "burner" account for this or email to one of the organizers, who can forward the piece on your behalf.

5) Reviewed 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.

Please keep in mind that writers are looking to you for guidance on how to improve their work. This means providing 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.)

AGENDA:
6:00-6:05: Introductions

6:05-7:00: First Critique

7:00-7:55: Second Critique

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. 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, especially in a virtual setting.
3) Our critique format is conversational, but please be respectful of others.

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 (Wednesday)

Current Information:

An online meeting every Wednesday night using Google Hangouts.

We will check in from 6:00 to 6:15, 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. If you want to join an event after it has started but you did not RSVP in advance, please message me or leave a comment on the event page and I will do my best to send you the link at the earliest convenience.

**

This used to be 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:

6:00-6:15: Arrive, find a place to sit and get ready. We'll go around and introduce ourselves before we start.

6:15-7:15: Write for an hour.

7:15-7:30: 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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