Shut Up and Write! is a regular get-together at a café (or similar) where you prioritise writing over everything else.
It is an opportunity for writers to get together on a regular basis and focus upon short, intense bursts of writing in a supportive atmosphere using the Pomodoro Technique. Participants come from many universities and include academics, professional staff, and PhD and Masters by Research candidates.
Shut Up and Write! turns writing from a solitary, to a social experience. RMIT currently has two Shut Up and Write groups – the Wednesday group is run by Dr Marta Poblet (mpoblet), and the Friday group is run by Jonathan O’Donnell and Dr Warren Staples.
- 25 minutes of solid writing
- 5 minutes relax and chat
- 25 minutes solid writing
- Optional 3rd round 25 minutes solid writing
- Just turn up, grab a coffee, shut up and write.
- What to write? Writing up results, draft articles, opinion pieces.
- Break through blocks by just writing something and keep writing. You can edit later.
- No checking email, no taking phone calls and no admin
- Option: Creative topics provided for those who want to explore.
- San Francisco tip: No critiquing, exercises, lectures, ego, competition or feeling guilty.
Wednesdays, 9.30 am – 11 am
Fridays, 9 am – 10.30 am
Wednesdays – 11 Orr Street Cafe, Orr Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Fridays – Pearson and Murphy’s, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
In Australia, there are Shut Up and Write groups based at: