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!™ [The Abbey]

The Abbey Coffee Lounge

Hi All, Let's gather at 10am for a quick check in, and then we can settle at a large table or spread out, however space and preferences guide us, 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, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 10:00AM - quick intros. 10:15 - timer starts: write for 1.5 hours. 11:45 - chat / take off / or keep writing till noon. 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 The Abbey! 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. Note: - Electrical outlets are not always available, so if you plan to use a laptop, make sure it's fully charged. - There is no charge, but purchasing a snack or coffee from The Abbey is a good way to show our appreciation.

Shut Up & Write! [The Abbey]

The Abbey Coffee Lounge

Hi All, Let's gather at 1PM for a quick check in, and then we can settle at a large table or spread out, however space and preferences guide us, 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, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 1PM- quick intros/updates. 1:15 - timer starts: write for 1.5 hours. 2:45 - chat / take off / or keep writing. 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 The Abbey! 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. Note: - Electrical outlets are not always available, so if you plan to use a laptop, make sure it's fully charged. - There is no charge, but purchasing a snack or coffee from The Abbey is a good way to show our appreciation.

Shut Up & Write!™ [Vino Locale, on the Wharf!]

Vino Locale Santa Cruz

Hi All, Let's gather at 10am for a quick check in, and then we can settle at a large table or spread out, however space and preferences guide us, 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, come and get some real writing done. SCHEDULE: 10:00AM - quick intros. 10:15 - timer starts: write for 1.5 hours. 11:45 - chat / take off / or keep writing till noon. 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 Vino! 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. Note: - Ask for 2hr free parking voucher! - Electrical outlets are not always available, so if you plan to use a laptop, make sure it's fully charged. - There is no charge, but purchasing a snack or coffee from Vino Locale is a good way to show our appreciation.

Writer's Digest-ion: Dinner & Discussion [Olitas, on the Wharf!]

Olitas Cantina & Grille

Aloha, Join us for one of our once and future social events, to discuss all things written, writers and kittens. The purpose of this meeting is the opportunity to gab without an obnoxious timekeeper, to plan future events, and to let writers digest Olita's highly reputed TGIT special. In other words, to chat and have fun! TGIT: http://www.olitassantacruz.com/t-g-i-t-olitas/ Would you like to meet beforehand for feedback on your writing? Is anyone willing to share a short sample? If a few of you leave a comment below, I will fork off a 6pm meeting at Vino Locale. We can sip wine in the refining room, and then recline to the dining room table.

Past events (216)

Shut Up & Write!™ [Vino Locale, on the Wharf!]

Vino Locale Santa Cruz

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