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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 Open Mic Series [VIRTUAL]

Santa Cruz

Our monthly open mic night provides an environment to read your works aloud to a friendly, supportive audience. Poets, novelists, short story writers, bloggers, scriptwriters, essayists, writers of memoir, nonfiction, comic novelists and children’s storybooks--plus friends, fans, and readers who want to hear something new--are all welcome!

Currently, we're holding our open mic nights virtually, via ZOOM.

Series: 1st Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 8pm

If you’d like to join us, please register at https://santacruzpl.libcal.com/event/9488629 An event link will be sent to you via registration email.

If you would also like to read, sign up for a five or ten minute reading slot here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RJrRcRGw2-RHBO91K86c8UhaqxirEUSvzx0Dis0OHMI/edit

Hope to see you there.

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. We write silently and feverishly from 10:15 to 11:45. At 11:45 we reconvene to talk about how our writing went. If you are not able to check in at the end, please tell us about your writing experience in the comments section, below.

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

Gentle reader, would you like to share a sample of your work to a receptive audience, and get constructive feedback? Sign up by leaving a comment on this page (and be sure to RSVP to this evening's event) and your name will appear in due time on the list below.

  1. Juliet
  2. Courtney
  3. Nancy
  4. Eliyahu

Alternate) Susie


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.

It is never too early to let us know you are available to read Next Time!

P.S. Zoom / internet problems:
Telephone audio is much more reliable, if you don't have a stable internet, with (or without) your computer video.

Shut Up & Write! [11th Hour Coffee, Santa Cruz]

11th Hour Coffee

Welcome, or welcome back, to the live, local edition of the Santa Cruz S.U.A.W.!

Sit down and work in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. All writers are welcome (RSVP below).

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.

10am — quick intros/updates.
10:15 — May the writing commence!
11:50 — How did it go, check back in.

Past events (1,356)

Shut Up & Write ! [Zoom]

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