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Shut Up & Write!® hosts free in-person and online writing events for writers all over the world. Our goal is to ensure that every writer, regardless of genre or skill level, has access to the community, accountability, and resources they need to be successful in their personal writing goals. Our events use our proven formula: a few minutes of introductions, a period of focused writing, and a final check-in to share our progress.

What to Expect

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled at an in-person event. Our host will lead introductions and then everyone will write for a quiet, focused period of time.

Afterward, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. Our events are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

For more information, visit https://shutupwrite.com.

Upcoming events (4+)

Writer's Marathon June 3, 2023 ONLINE AND AT Raley's Community Room

This is a hybrid meeting. You may join us on Zoom from anywhere in the world, but if you are local to Sacramento you may join us in person at Raley's Community Meeting Room. Join other writers for three-plus hours of focused writing. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a controlled quiet environment and lots of good creative energy!


10-10:30 Set up, check in, and introductions- We will begin with check in and introductions at 10 AM this month since we have meeting room access to set up before 10.

10:30: Writing Session 1: Write for 1 1/2 hours

12-1 Lunch either on your own or join other writers for lunch at a local restaurant. On line folks may choose to lunch on line and talk about writing or just get to know each other.

1-1:30 Get settled for another productive session. We will begin the writing session early (perhaps 1:15) if we do not have new attendees for introductions

1:15 or 1:30 - 3 Writing Session 2 : Write for min. 1 1/2 hours

3 PM Finish Writing, check in - report on progress, break down room, etc.

Come and join us for a marathon session that promises 3+ hours of focused writing! If you cannot commit to the full time, feel free to join us for one of the two sessions. Either way, you will be pleased with the productivity achieved at this event.

A few guidelines for the in person marathon attendees:

  1. If you arrive late or must leave early, please try not to disrupt the other writers. Quietly find a seat and start writing. You will have a chance to sign in and introduce yourself during the break.
  2. Please silence your mobile phone. If you must take a call please step out of the room to avoid disrupting other writers. Try to limit non-essential calls to the break.
  3. You are welcome make your own lunch arrangements or join us at a local restaurant. Only Raley's purchased Food and drink are allowed in the meeting room.
  4. If you are bringing a laptop, please make sure it is fully charged as outlets may be limited so we cannot guarantee enough for all.
  5. Meeting rooms are temperature controlled from a centralized location and are sometimes cold, so you may wish to bring a sweater or sweatshirt.
  6. If you find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP so that others may attend in your stead.

In-Person Shut Up and Write! -- Pachamama Coffee on 20th Street

Pachamama Coffee

Join us for an hour of focused writing!
Just look for the "MEETUP" sign and settle in.

1:00 - Arrival, grab a seat and get something to drink
1:15 - Introductions
1:30 - Get down to business
2:30 - Finish up. After the group check-in you can continue writing or hang out and chat. See below for holiday schedule information.

Working on a novel, short story, poem, screen-play, journal, dissertation, or other project? Writing in a supported, structured environment can help you achieve your goals. You don't have to share what you've written and no one will give you unsolicited advice. All genres are welcome!

We will not meet on the following dates: June 18, September 4, October 9, November 11, December 24, and December 31

Notes: Parking is free on Sundays. 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 cafe while we're working; however, you're encouraged to share tables so we don't take up too much space.

Online! Shut Up & Write!™ Roseville, CA

Online event

Set aside time to write!! Meet fellow authors and writers.
Join our supportive group.

Yes! This is the meeting Donna normally hosts!

It’s Pretty Straightforward :
Sign into Zoom using either the link (to the side below) or the Meeting Number and Password below. You will need to wait a few seconds for the host to admit you. It helps if your Zoom Profile and your Meetup Profile match.

9AM - Each person introduces themselves and states what they plan to work on for the hour, your choice, journaling, novel writing, poetry, dissertation…

9:15 - Everyone writes silently for an hour, camera on or off your choice, but all are muted

10:15 (Approx.) - Check in and each person reports on their progress for the hour. You will not be asked to share your writing as this is not a critique group.

Sometimes writing discussion happens. This should be a place to feel supported in your writing.

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Shut Up & Write! Auburn

Baked & Brewed Café

Welcome to the Auburn Shut Up & Write! We are an eclectic group that has been going strong for over six years. Introductions are at 10:00, and at 10:15 we spend an hour of focused writing. After the meeting, you are more than welcome to stay and continue writing, or enjoy visiting the quaint town of Auburn. We meet at Baked and Brewed in Auburn which serves a wonderful array of coffees, teas, pastries and food.

Past events (4,666)

In-Person Shut Up & Write!™ at East Sac Temple Coffee

Temple Coffee Roasters