What we're about

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/

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!™ [Home with Virtual Check in]

Online event

Hi All, Join us without leaving your house! We'll have a virtual check-in at 10:00 AM using Zoom. After which we'll get to writing. And when you're done, I encourage everyone to leave a message in the comment section on how their writing session went. Shut Up and Write welcomes any project, any genre, whether you're an author pushing through your first draft, a grad student working on their dissertation, a blogger polishing a post, or anyone needing to set aside some time to start/finish/resume a writing project. 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. The link to join the zoom meeting will be provided when you RSVP. If you haven't used Zoom before it will ask you to download and install some software. If you're having technical problems, please click on my name in the Hosted by Nancy Pyzel to send me a message. The system uses your computer's camera and microphone so make sure those are working. You may also need to adjust your speakers. Looking forward to seeing you (virtually)!

Tele-Story: Readings & Discussion [Online!]

Online event

Aloha, Join us for another Tele-Story event, on Zoom! The Zoom link will be visible on this page, once you RSVP. -- please un-RSVP if your plans change and you will not make it. -- message me for technical assistance. These are informal, low pressure, wine-friendly opportunities for members to share their writing and invite discussion. We won’t singularly focus on technical writerly feedback, but rather allow each piece to be a trigger for a short discussion based on what comes up for each of us. Organize your feedback in terms of *what you liked about the piece*. Schedule (updated as we confirm readers): 6:30 - 7pm -- Happy Hour (and troubleshooting) -- Say hello, have a glass of wine or a bite of dinner with us, virtually. -- Please join us at 6:30 if you are not experienced with Zoom, in case you need to troubleshoot your computer / Zoom. 7:00-9:00pm -- Readings and Discussion. Leave a comment below or message the host if you'd like to read. And, don't forget to RSVP if you plan to read! Otherwise, please join us as a valued listener and discussant! Usual format for authors: - Four confirmed speakers, and one alternate. - Confirmed speakers have a total of 30 minutes for reading followed by feedback. Any unused time will go to alternates. - Authors usually aim for five to ten minutes of reading (~5, double spaced). - Feedback will start with a "lightening round" of short, constructive comments. Authors can ask for clarification but should avoid back-and-forth discussion until after the lightening round. - If you want a particular kind of feedback, or a different format, feel free to discuss with the host or let the listeners know before you read. Usual format for listeners / feedback: - We start with a "lightening round", where everyone has the option to give one minute of feedback (with an additional minute of overtime, at the discretion of the host and author). - Focus on what you liked and what could make it even better, rather than what "didn't work". - Use Zoom's "Raise hand" option, to give feedback. - After the lightening round, we open it up to longer form feedback and discussion. - Avoid "interviewing the author", and focus on the writing, unless there is an abundance of time. Tonight's lineup (Do you want to add a story title?): 1) Laura 2) 3) TBD... 4) Rachel Alternate) It is never too early to let us know you are available to read Next Time! P.S. Zoom / internet problems: You can use telephone audio with (or without) your computer video. Meeting ID:[masked] Dial with meeting ID handy: [masked] US (San Jose) Or, find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcbiv5BVr4

Shut Up & Write! [Virtual, at Home]

Santa Cruz

Don’t let social distancing keep you away! Recharge and reconnect with a virtual check-in. All writers are welcome (RSVP below). We'll meet on Zoom at 1:00pm for a quick check in, and then we can work at home for an hour (or more) of concentrated writing. 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, join us and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 1:00 — quick intros/updates. ~1:20 — May the writing commence! 3:00 — Optionally, rejoin by Zoom or tell us how it went in a comment. If you haven’t used Zoom recently (or at all) please click the Zoom link ahead of the meeting to install/update the app (it’s quick). If you have technical trouble, message me or post a comment below. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86099702940?pwd=dzY1Ny80dnl3aXFmc1NZTEgrcU5nQT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] For phone audio, dial: [masked] US (San Jose area) One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,*338939# US (San Jose) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc3UaiHtBT

Shut Up & Write!™ Sunday Evening Sedulites

Online event

Welcome everyone! (A sedulite is a person who prizes diligence, perseverance, and assiduity.) Since SUAW has gone online I have benefitted from the discipline of attending far more meetings than meatspace allows. It turns out Sunday night is not favored by many, but I was looking for just such a time. 6-8pm is the working time slot, but this may change according to participant input. Follow-up on how you did after your writing session via the event page comment section is always encouraged. (Note: If you sign up and realize you won't be able to make it, it's helpful to amend your RSVP to "Not Going" status. Thank you!) -NM Boilerplate stuff follows: Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, zine, 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. Where is the link to the Zoom Room? On the event page under the "Online event" header. SCHEDULE: 6:00 pm (zoom meeting starts) - we go around and give quick intros, what we plan to work on. 6:15 pm (time varies by size of attendance) - time to "shut up and write" for the remaining time. (the zoom meeting ends at this time) 8:00 pm (zoom meeting restarts, same link) - join the closing check-out session, or just keep writing. Take satisfaction in having done some writing tonight! See you Sundays!

Past events (618)

Shut Up & Write!™ [Zoom]

Online event

Photos (31)