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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.

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**ONLINE** Event: Shut Up & Write!™ Shoreline

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Join us virtually for two hours of uninterrupted writing!

It’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers, even if our shared presence is virtual. See if it’s true for you at 12:00pm on Saturdays. We'll use Google Meet (which is similar to Zoom); the link becomes available only when you RSVP.

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or query letter, you are invited to write it with us. In the editing stage? You can work on that too. Don't worry, 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: (times are Pacific)
12:00 - Host(s) show up on Google Meet. Brief introductions. Timer starts no later than 12:10—mute your mic and start writing!
1:00 - 10 minute break (optional), or keep writing.
2:00 - Timer stops. Chat, sign off, or keep writing.

WHAT DO I NEED?
A computer with working camera and microphone and a good internet connection.

GUIDELINES:

• RSVP in advance to reveal the link to the Google Meet address
• Please MUTE yourself after the timer is started
• Since we will be in each other's virtual company, you are encouraged to keep your video camera ON during the session; it helps keep us accountable and motivated
• Please remember we can see you. You might want to turn your video camera OFF when you need to leave to take a break, answer the phone, or do something other than write; it can be a distraction
• If you need to leave early, or otherwise speak to someone in the group during the timed writing, please use the CHAT text feature instead of speaking out loud
• Socialize before or after the session

DISABILITIES: Let the hosts know in advance if you need any accommodation. We will do our best to help.

BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up, turn ON your camera, turn OFF your mic, and start writing! Type us a note in the Chat if you like.

Who is this group open for? EVERYONE who wants dedicated time to write.

Happy writing and we look forward to seeing you!

**ONLINE** Shut Up & Write!™ Ballard - **ONLINE**

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Enormous changes, once again!

Starting immediately (that is, 8 August 2022 and going forward), we're shifting over from Zoom to Microsoft Teams. That means there’s a new URL for our SU&W MeetUp. The shortened URL is https://tinyurl.com/BallardSUAW, or you can copy/paste the full-length version below.

This should work very similarly to Zoom. If you’re on a phone or iPad, you’ll need to download the Microsoft Teams app. If you’re on a PC, Apple, or laptop, you simply click on the link and then indicate that you want to “join in browser.” Please email me at wendell.ricketts[at]gmail[dot]com if you’re having any difficulties at all.

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Since mid-August 2020, our formerly Ballard (Seattle) neighborhood-based chapter of Shut Up & Write has become national (and even international!) in its online avatar. Our members seem to be finding it motivating and helpful, and we’d BE pleased to welcome you to write with us.

The online link for the meeting is visible only if you RSVP. You can always write me at wendell.ricketts[at]gmail[dot]com with questions or suggestions. Meanwhile:

Join us at 10am (Pacific) on Monday mornings for TWO hours of writing!
Whether it’s a book, blog, script, essay, story, dissertation, resume, melody, poem, screenplay or just plain work stuff, you are invited. No one will see what you've written or give you unsolicited advice. Instead of just thinking about it, come and get some real writing done.

SCHEDULE:
10:00 - quick intros, mike check, trouble-shooting, etc.
10:10 - timer starts: write for 50 minutes.
11:00 - short break.
11:10 - timer starts: write for 50 minutes.
12:00 - (the end) chat / take off / keep writing.

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens during the break and at 12:00. Though writing tends to be solitary, connecting (and sometimes even commiserating) with other writers often provides welcome leavening.
BEING LATE IS OKAY, but ... keep in mind: Please sign in and enter the room without interrupting others if we’re in the midst of a 50-minute writing session.
LEAVING EARLY IS OKAY, but ... keep in mind: Please wait for the break or, if you can’t, exit the room without interrupting others if we’re in the midst of a 50-minute writing session.

What Should I Have Handy?
Whatever you need to write!

Happy writing!

**ONLINE** Shut Up & Write!™ Seattle

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Join us virtually for two hours of uninterrupted writing!

It’s strikingly helpful to write with other writers, even if our shared presence is virtual. See if it’s true for you at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays. We'll use Google Meet (which is like Zoom, if you're unfamiliar); the link becomes available only when you RSVP.

Whatever you are working on, 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.

6:00 - Host(s) show up on Google Meet. Brief introductions. Timer starts no later than 6:05—mute your mic and start writing!
7:00 - 10 minute break (optional)
8:00 - Timer stops. Chat, sign off, or keep writing.

GUIDELINES:

• RSVP in advance to reveal the link to the Google Meet address
• Please MUTE yourself after the timer is started
• Since we will be in each other's virtual company, you are encouraged to keep your video camera ON during the session; it boosts morale
• To minimize distraction, turn your video camera OFF when you need to leave to take a break, answer the phone, or do something other than write
• During timed writing, please use the CHAT text feature for any necessary communication
• Socialize before or after the session

DISABILITIES: Let the hosts know in advance if you need any accommodation. We're not the savviest tech people, but we'll do what we can.

BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up, turn ON your camera, turn OFF your mic, and start writing! Type us a note in the Chat if you like.

Happy writing and we look forward to seeing you!

Shut Up & Write!® Green Lake

Revolutions Coffee

Writing In Person - we’ve discovered - is focused, productive, and energizing.
9:30 - 11:00 - Thursday Mornings.

Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write with us.

No one will see what you've written or give unsolicited advice.

9:30 - Quick introductions
9:45 - Timer starts: write for 1 hour
10:45 - End. Recap. Share (optional).

OPTIONAL SOCIALIZING happens until 11:00.

BEING LATE IS OKAY: just show up and get settled, then check-in after the session. (I’ll be the person with the Shut Up & Write! sign.)

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.

Other Important Details:
Revolutions Coffee has WiFi.
Parking is on street. There is usually free parking along East Green Lake Drive.

GUIDELINES: Please thank our hosts by purchasing something! For summer: This location does not have air conditioning.

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Shut Up & Write!® Green Lake

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