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.

What happens?

  • Introductions
  • 25 minutes of solid writing
  • 5 minutes relax and chat
  • 25 minutes solid writing
  • Relax!
  • Optional 3rd round 25 minutes solid writing

The concept

  • 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, 9.00–10.30am
  • Fridays, 9.00–10.30am


  • Wednesdays – The Vine Cafe, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000 
  • Fridays – Pearson and Murphy’s, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

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