Shut up and write

Shut Up & Write (SU&W) is a daily on-line meeting to help focus your writing efforts and support you in a group. You may find these meetings useful to:

  • make your research writing more focused, efficient or effective
  • protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions
  • build a sense of community around your writing
  • overcome procrastination and increase motivation

Times and dates

The schedule of 'Shut Up & Write' meetings is below. Choose the session(s) you're interested in and show up – or contact the organiser for more information. We’ll be glad to see you.

Day & Time Mode & LocationContact
Monday, 10:00 am-12 noon       OnlineEmmaline Lear
Tuesday, 10:00 am-12 noonOnlineEmmaline Lear
Wednesday, 10:00 am-12 noonOnlineParticipant Led
Thursday, 10:00 am-12 noonOnlineParticipant Led
Friday, 10:00 am-12.00 noon


Emmaline Lear

How often you can attend

Some people are ‘regulars’, but many people come to meetings only when they are in an intensive writing stage, or when there is a deadline coming up. You are welcome to come along everyday, or a couple of times each week or whenever best suits you.

Who attends

  • Doctoral candidates and other research students
  • Staff who are undertaking research degrees at other universities
  • Staff who are working on publications and other writing projects
  • Other people working on writing projects, such as honours students and creative writers, or anyone else who would like to join us
  • People who are on campus, off campus, interstate or in Japan, India or Germany. Being on-line allows anyone, anywhere to join.

Meeting structure

  1. Meetings start with a brief chat, for each person to say hello and to record their writing goals for the session.
  2. We then set a timer for 25 minutes of uninterrupted writing (or reading, data analysis, or other work).
  3. After 25 minutes we have a 5 minute break to chat and check our progress.
  4. We repeat this pattern 3 or 4 times = 1.5 or 2 hours.

This timing system is based on the Pomodoro technique, which has been used for close to 30 years, to boost focus and productivity.

History of the concept

The idea of ‘Shut Up & Write’ comes from San Francisco. Originally it was aimed at non-academic writers such as creative writers and journalists. Writers would (and still do) meet in a cafe for a solid hour of writing, followed by a break and coffee and then another block of writing.

The popularity of this technique among academics has been spreading in Australia and the rest of the world in the last few years, particularly for doctoral candidates and other research writers.

Writing Bootcamps

In addition to Shut Up and Write, we also hold monthly Bootcamps. We meet online and spend an entire day (usually 10am to 4pm) writing and supporting each other. Everyone is welcome and you can register for these via the Professional Development Calendar.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Emmaline Lear.