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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.

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Shut Up & Write!™ Roseville, CA

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You will see progress in your writing by spending the minimum of a single hour per week on it. This is your practice/focus time, so we hope to see you there. Join other writers for an hour of focused writing! 9:00 - Arrival and getting seats, drinks, etc. 9:15 - Quick introductions and start writing 10:30 (Approx.) - Finish up and have a brief check-in You are welcome to hang out and continue writing in the area until 11 AM if you like. If you arrive late, please quietly take a seat and begin writing. At the end of the session, make sure you sign in and let the event host know you showed up. After the writing session is over, feel free to stay and keep writing and/or getting to know one another. LA BOU offers a variety of pastries and other breakfast and lunch items and beverages, including coffee and tea. LA BOU management is happy to host our group. Please support their business where possible with food and beverage purchases and tips for staff. If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come join us for a session of focused writing. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Notes: Electrical outlets are limited. Bring your fully charged laptop. Or your favorite pen and paper.

Shut Up & Write!™ Friday Mornings ONLINE (formerly Carmichael/Arden)

DURING THE CV-19 PANDEMIC WE ARE HOLDING VIRTUAL MEETINGS. Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/652126005?pwd=K0k2dUhNV3hnUkw4cHczajNCTm5udz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] Topic: Shut Up & Write, Carmichael Friday On-Line Meeting Time: 9 AM If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come and join us for a session of focused writing. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. We have set up video meetings on Zoom. This may sound complicated, but it is really EASY, even for the somewhat tech-challenged. Just click on the link above. We start by chatting for a few minutes and then introduce ourselves and talk about what we plan to work on for the 60 minute writing period. After that the meeting will end and we will write for an hour. After writing for 60 minutes, we all join the meeting again at the same link. (see above) We occasionally use Discord to meet at other times: Download the "Discord" Gaming App from https://discordapp.com/ or from the Apple App Store or Google Play. This is the link to our server: https://discordapp.com/invite/qmw7MjV This is a text and voice chat program. Connecting on this app will allow you to talk with people if you have trouble connecting with the Zoom video meetings. This service is also used for people to meet and write at unofficial writing times. ---------- And in the future, when we can meet in person again . . . Join us every Friday morning for Gourmet Coffee, Tea, Fine European Pastries and best of all a relatively quiet and comfortable writing environment with plenty of power plugs, USB ports, free WiFi and a friendly and supportive group of people. You will see progress in your writing by spending the minimum of a single hour per week just writing. We encourage you to make this your focused writing time. Let nothing interrupt or distract you. Join other writers for an hour of focused writing! 9:00 - Arrival and getting seats, drinks, do quick introductions 9:15 - Start 60 min. writing session 10:15 (Approx.) - Finish up and have a brief check-in If you arrive late, please quietly take a seat and begin writing. You will get the chance to meet everyone at the end of the writing session. About the Location: Elite Bakery is located on the Southern end of Carmichael so it is not a bad drive from East Sacramento or even Rancho Cordova. It is at "5 Corners" (intersection of Fair Oaks Blvd., Arden Way, and Walnut Ave.)tucked in a strip mall with the UPS store and directly across Fair Oaks Blvd from Raley's near the South-East corner and just past Bella Bru’s center (headed East). If you'd like to experience authentic Armenian pastries, this is the place. They also serve more traditional American bakery classics such as scones, cheesecake, chocolate eclairs, banana bread, huge cinnamon rolls, and banana cream pie as well as cooked breakfasts and lunches. Elite serves Temple coffee and offers all the usual coffee beverages along with Armenian coffee and a small assortment of brewed tea. The staff and owners cheerfully welcome us each week and while purchases are NOT required for participation, where possible, please support their business with food and beverage purchases and tips for staff. After the writing session is over, feel free to stay and keep writing and/or get to know one another better.

!!! ONLINE SESSION !!! Shut Up & Write!™ at Oblivion Comics and Coffee!

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Quarantine info: For the time being, as we are quarantined, we will hold sessions using the Zoom and Discord apps. For intros, Zoom is necessary, but if you'd like to chat during the session with another member, or need to say something through text, feel free to download the Discord app and join the Shut Up and Write discord (kinda like a chat room). Zoom: https://zoom.us Discord: https://discordapp.com Once you've downloaded the apps, it's time to find us! The Zoom meeting ID for this session is:[masked] Zoom Password: 0tsgpA And the Discord room is: https://discord.gg/Pwu8DHe So here's the schedule: 6:00 - 6:20 Socialize, meet,, hang out, figure out how to use Zoom 6:20 - 6:30 Introductions 6:30 - 7:30 Shut Up and Write! 7:30 Come back into Zoom room and check in to see how we did! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me by sending me a message here, or on the Discord chat! Non-Quarantine Info You will see progress in your writing by spending the minimum of a single hour per week on it. This is your practice/focus time, so we hope to see you there. Join other writers for an hour of focused writing! 6:00 - Arrival and getting seats, drinks, etc. 6:15 - Quick introductions and start writing 7:20 (Approx.) - Finish up and have a brief check-in If you arrive late, please quietly take a seat and begin writing. At the end of the session, make sure you sign in and let the event host know you showed up. After the writing session is over, feel free to stay and keep writing and/or getting to know one another. Oblivion is open until 9pm, and offers a variety of light food items and beverages. If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come join us for a session of focused writing. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Notes: They have wifi and plenty of outlets, but parking may be a bit strange. Make sure you plan a bit before heading over, and if you are having trouble, leave a comment so the other members can help you out!

ONLINE SESSION! Shut Up and Write - Sunday Afternoon

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For the time being, as we are quarantined, we will hold sessions using the Zoom and Discord apps. For intros, Zoom is necessary, but if you'd like to chat during the session with another member, or need to say something through text, feel free to download the Discord app and join the Shut Up and Write discord (kinda like a chat room). Zoom: https://zoom.us Discord: https://discordapp.com Once you've downloaded the apps, it's time to find us! The Zoom meeting ID for this session is:[masked] Zoom Password: 0tsgpA And the Discord room is: https://discord.gg/Pwu8DHe So here's the schedule: 1:00 - 1:20 Socialize, meet,, hang out, figure out how to use Zoom 1:20 - 1:30 Introductions 1:30 - 2:30 Shut Up and Write! 2:30 Come back into Zoom room and check in to see how we did! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me by sending me a message here, or on the Discord chat! Non-Quarantine information below: **If you RSVP 'yes' but end up not being able to make it, PLEASE CHANGE your RSVP to 'not attending' so that we can plan accordingly. Thanks.** Join other writers for an hour of focused writing! Just look for the MEETUP Sign and settle right in! 1:00 - Arrival and getting seats, drinks, etc. 1:10 - Introductions 1:15 - Get down to business 2:15 - Finish up and have a brief check-in After 2:30pm, feel free to stay and keep writing and/or getting to know one another. If you're spending too much time THINKING about writing, come join us for a session of focused writing. You will see progress in your writing by spending the minimum of a single hour per week on it. It may just be "pipe-cleaning" for now, but you'll feel better showing up at the page. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. This is your practice/focus time, so we hope to see you there. Notes: Electrical outlets are not always available, so if you plan to use a laptop, make sure it's fully charged. We all tend to spread out throughout the cafes while we're working; however, you're encouraged to share tables so we don't take up too much space.

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