How Shut Up & Write Works

1

Find Your Chapter
& Show Up

Our Meetups
are Always Free

We meet up at local coffee shops and other quiet spaces. Our meetups are free, but we often like to buy a snack from our host venue.

All Skill Levels
are Welcome

Beginner or pro, whatever you’re writing, whatever form it takes, wherever you are in your process, you won’t be the only one.

All Types of Writing
are Welcome

We welcome all writers, working on any kind of project—be it a novel, essay, legal document, school report, poem, screenplay, or anything else.

2

Find a Seat,
Settle In, & Write

Everyone Writes in Quiet for the Session (Usually 1-2 Hours)

We write together each week, at the same time and place. It serves as powerful support for building our daily writing disciplines. We'd love you to join us.

No One Will Read
or Critique Your Writing

Our meetups are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. We won't invade your privacy or ask you to do anything. We gather to write.

How Our Meetups Go:

Example Itinerary

  • 7:05 - 7:10 PM Find a Seat
  • 7:30 - 8:10 PM Quiet Writing
  • 8:10 PM Finished Writing
  • 8:10 PM - 9:00 PM Optional Socializing

3

Take Off or Hang Around
to Chat, Share, Help, and Learn

Hang Out with Your
Local Writing Community

Afterwards, sometimes we talk. We love to share our methods, successes, challenges, and opportunities as writers.

Looking for Assistance?
We're Here to Help.

Workshops, writing resources, feedback groups, and guest speakers are a few of the ways we can help you write.

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Why Shut Up & Write Works

Accountability & Habit Formation
One of the most successful techniques for developing a new habit is to commit to a specific day, time, and location when you will follow through. By making the commitment to show up for your writing at the same time each week, you are able to turn one hour of focused writing into a stable routine that yields remarkable results.

Social Motivation & Support
Studies have shown that even the smallest sense of belonging increases performance on a variety of tasks. When you show up for a Shut Up & Write event, not only are you supported and motivated by everyone else writing around you, you are also a part of a community of writers all over the world.

We started hosting meetups
to help writers like us
get more done.

Shut Up & Write was founded in 2007 by Rennie Saunders, a science fiction writer in San Francisco who wanted to take his writing to the next level. His goal was to make a regular habit of writing for one hour a week and also to provide a space for others to do the same. What everyone quickly discovered was that writing in the presence of other writers is not only incredibly motivating, it is also deeply satisfying… and fun!

As new Shut Up & Write chapters started popping up all over, Rennie worked with other writers in the community to perfect the Shut Up & Write Method, a guide for best practices for writers attending our events.

Today, Shut Up & Write has grown to over 100 cities and has hosted tens of thousands of events all over the world. It's easier than ever for writers of all genres and skill levels to come together and get their writing done.

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