Tired of working on your thesis, dissertation, or book alone? Need the motivation of others working around you to stay on track? Wish there were more opportunities to develop a community on campus? Come write with coffee and company every Tuesday morning.
Shut Up and Write! began as meet-up in San Francisco designed to help writers develop a creative community, enjoy some companionship, and do some serious writing. It has since expanded into academia, especially for graduate students and postdocs feeling isolated while working on their theses, dissertations, and publications. Shut Up and Write! is a regular get-together where you prioritize writing over everything else (e.g. no email, no Instagram, no texting). It’s an opportunity for writers to establish a writing routine, do some intensive work, and break through blocks in a supportive atmosphere using the Pomodoro Technique. Each Shut up and Write! session includes:
- 10 minutes for introductions and chat
- 2-3 rounds of writing Pomodoros (each Pomodoro includes 25 minutes of intensive writing plus a 5 minute break)
- 30 minutes to talk writing, trade productivity tips, and get to know each other. On occasion, an expert from the Writing Centre will drop by to share strategies and take questions