'Shut Up and Write' Cafe Meet-ups

Get that PhD moving and get writing! Start the year as you mean to end it – make writing a routine part of your life

The Learning Centre is hosting a series of ‘Shut up and write!’ café meet-ups for UNSW Higher Degree Research students. Meet-ups are held weekly. We come together for an hour for good coffee, good company and great productivity. You’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve in an hour: you may even build a habit for writing that will stand you in good stead for all of 2018 and beyond.

Meet Up Details for 2018

Please note: 'Shut up and Write' has ceased for 2017.  Meetings will commence on Tuesday 23 January 2018. We look forward to writing with you in 2018!

  • Time and date: one hour weekly - Tuesdays 9am - 10am
  • Venue: ‘Bar Navitas’ ground floor, Tyree Energy Technologies Building (Lower campus, just near Anzac Parade). See H6 on the map:  http://fmtoolbox.unsw.edu.au/comms/KensingtonCampus.pdf
  • What you’ll need: Bring your writing equipment: laptop, tablet, ipad, pen and paper - whatever will help you be productive.

How it works: Any UNSW HDR student can join in. There’s no fee or registration - just come along. At each 'Shut Up and Write' meeting, someone from The Learning Centre will be there to make sure we do just that – stop talking and start writing. We’ll put up a sign at the café so you'll know who we are and where to sit.

On the hour, we begin writing in silence and stop 25 minutes later for a 10-15 min break. Then we settle down again for another 25 minutes of writing. And then the session winds up. So simple – but it works. After the session, if you want to hang around longer for coffee and cake, there’s likely to be others with the same plan.

If you’re interested, you can read how Shut up and Write! originated in the San Francisco Bay area and how it’s been taken up in countries all around the world. Here are some references: http://thesiswhisperer.com/2011/06/shut-up-and-write/  and  Mewburn, I., Osborne, L. & Caldwell, G. (2014) ‘Shut up & Write: Some surprising uses of cafés and crowds in doctoral writing’ In C. Aitchison & C. Guerin (eds) Writing groups for doctoral education and beyond: Innovations in practice and theory Oxon: Routledge. http://www.amazon.com.au/Writing-Groups-Doctoral-Education-Beyond-ebook/dp/B00JZKOUIO