Shut Up & Write!

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The Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA) Shut Up & Write! group has been run by students, for students, on The Australian National University (ANU) campus since 2012.

Generally a Shut Up & Write! group will use the Pomodoro Technique, which involves writing in silence for 25 minute bursts with regular rests for coffee, food and chatting in between. Chatting is a good way to have a 'brain break' between intense periods of focus. Break time is good for problem solving, to discuss writing progress, or simply making friends. Writers work on their own tasks - there are no set exercises or group work. Read more about how Shut Up & Write! works on the Thesis Whisperer Blog.

Who can join?

Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, post docs, lecturers and professional staff are all welcome to Shut Up and Write! There are no formal requirements, and join the Facebook group. New members are welcome to join at any time.

Current groups

Biginelli Espresso group

Writers meet three times a week at Biginelli Espresso (the ANU School of Music Café):

  • Mondays 9-11am
  • Thursdays 2-4pm
  • Fridays 9-11am

Free coffee (and sometimes cake) is provided by PARSA.

Shut-up & Write Nights

For those who have daytime commitments, writers meet every Tuesday evening to write together, free with dinner provided. Registrations are essential

Shut-up & Write-a-thon

Writers are offered an intensive day dedicated to writing, all meals provided on a regular monthly basis. Registrations are essential. Intensives will be advertised in the Research Digest newsletter.

Fenner group

Writers meet weekly: 10-12.30pm on Fridays in the Sternstein Room (Geography Building 48a, ANU). All welcome!


Or if you can't make it to campus consider following @shutup&writeTuesdays, a Twitter account that facilitates Shut Up & Write! sessions online every week. 

Want to start your own group?

Shut Up & Write! is supported by the Research Training team. Assistance and information is available to anyone who is interested in starting a group.

Shut Up & Write! at ANU is generously sponsored by PARSA.

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