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!™ St. Johns / North Portland

Two Stroke Coffee Co.

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 9 on Sunday mornings. 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. SCHEDULE: 9:00 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 9:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 10:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Two Stroke Coffee Co. closes at 6pm. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 10:15. 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 Two Stroke Coffee Co.! 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. There are a limited number of outlets; if you write on a laptop, please charge it up beforehand. Other Important Details: Two Stroke Coffee Co. has WiFi. TRAVEL / PARKING: TriMet lines 4, 44, 75 all stop just outside. (Lines 11 and 16 also run nearby, but do not have service on Sundays!) Parking is free, easy and plentiful on N. Lombard and nearby streets. SEATING INFORMATION: We'll sit at tables upstairs. GUIDELINES: Two Stroke has awesome drinks and pastries. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Shut Up & Write!™ Montavilla

Gregory Heights Library

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 6pm on Monday 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. 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. SCHEDULE: 6:00 - quick intros. 6:15 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 7:15 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 730pm. 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 after the session. If you were on time, please be willing to make room for the friendly latecomer. Happy writing! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Other Important Details: Please don't bother the librarians, they are not involved in this meetup.

Shut Up & Write!™ Hollywood

Nectar Cafe

Arrive any time between 7:45 & 8:00am and 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! 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. *Please note: According to "Yelp", the noise level at this venue is "average", so if you think background noise may be a distraction for you, please remember to bring ear buds/ear plugs. IMPORTANT: The host of this meetup has a varying work schedule, so please pay careful attention to the calendar to see which day the event will fall on each week. Arrive any time between 7:45 & 8:00AM. 7:45 - Intros. Great time to get your food or drink before we begin writing. 8:00 - Timer starts. Write individually for 1 hour. 9:00 - (the end) Chat / Take off / Keep writing. This venue closes at 8:00PM. SEATING: 5 GUIDELINES: This venue has plenty of coffee drinks, teas and other beverages. They also have, of course, a variety of desserts as well as meals. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something. This supports the business where we have our writing group and keeps a good rapport with the cafe. • This venue DOES have free WiFi, plus electrical outlets for charging computer. • Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block any background noise/music in cafe. TRAVEL / PARKING: Private parking lot for customers; also, free parking on side streets. Several bus/MAX lines stop near this venue, at Hollywood Transit Center (less than 1/2 mile from venue). OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 7:45-8:00am. Writing is very solitary. Connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers is a cool thing. NO SHOWS: People who RSVP "YES" but do not change it to a "NO" if they decide not to come, may be placed on "CAN'T GO" List in the future, so others on RSVP list can come first. Happy writing and I look forward to seeing you at Nectar Cafe! • What to bring: Something to write on and/or to write with, plus money to purchase food or drink. • Important to know: This venue opens at 7:30am, just to let you know if you want to get there a little earlier than our planned meet time at 7:45am. *Read any good books recently? Seen any well written films or TV shows lately? Post them below or mention them at our next Meetup!

Shut Up & Write!™ Laurelhurst/Kerns (the evening shift)

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 6:30 on Thursday 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. 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. SCHEDULE: 6:30 - SESSION 1: quick intros. 6:45 - timer starts: write for 1 hour. 7:45 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing. Beulahland closes at 2:00 am. OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens at 7:45. 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 Beulahland! What Should I Bring? Whatever you need to be able to write! Bring earbuds/earplugs if you want to block overhead music or the occasional conversation by other patrons. Other Important Details: Beulahland has WiFi. Name: Beulahland Password: beulah118 TRAVEL / PARKING: Beulahland is located close to 28th and Burnside. It is easily accessible by bus - the 19 or the 20 are best - and there is street parking for drivers in the surrounding neighborhood. SEATING INFORMATION: I'll likely be in the "Dine" section to the right when you enter - it's much quieter than the bar area. I'll update if that changes. GUIDELINES: Beulahland has a full bar as well as coffee - good bar food, and pie. Happy Hour ends at 7. Please thank our hosts by purchasing something.

Past events (254)

Shut Up & Write!™ Lower East Burnside (& 13th)

Natian Brewery Tap Room

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