Putting Out Feelers: A Shut Up and Write Group

You are not a writer unless you write. It always helps to have some extra motivation to do that, though. When I lived in the burbs, I belonged to a group called “Shut Up and Write.” Basically, the group would meet once a week at the local Barnes and Noble. We would sit around a table and from about 7:30 to 8 or 8:15, we would just scribble or type away. You didn’t have to share your work, or even talk about it if you didn’t want to. It was a nice, low-pressure way to meet other writers, get support, and most importantly, get some writing done.

Of course, I no longer live in the burbs, and the organizer of that group moved to the shore, so that group doesn’t even exist any more. I don’t think it was unique, but it seems like groups like that are rare.

I’m considering starting a Shut Up and Write group here, since as far as I know one doesn’t exist in Philly. My idea is to do it on Wednesday nights, probably starting at 6 or 6:30, at the PCI branch of the Free Library. Of course, I’d have to talk to them about it first, but I thought I’d post this here to see if there’s any interest or if people had any suggestions.


2 thoughts on “Putting Out Feelers: A Shut Up and Write Group

    1. That is because you are exactly the sort of person that doesn’t need this group (a.k.a. actually a writer). The rest of us need all the help we can get.

      In all seriousness, though, I agree that 30-45 minutes once a week is not going to accomplish a whole lot. The idea is to force attendees to write, with the hope that once they get started, they continue once they are back at home/wherever.


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