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. PARSA coordinates and funds SUAW coffees, day and night sessions on campus. If you have any questions or feedback about the program, please email PARSA directly on

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?

All Post Graduate 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

Shut Up & Write coffee groups

Writers meet every day at a different coffee shop on campus for two hours of writing. Schedule is:

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

University House group

Wednesdays from 2.30-4.30pm at the Fellows Bar and Cafe, University House. $2 Coffee for the first 10 arrivals, funded by University House.

Shut-up & Write Nights

For those who have daytime commitments, writers meet three nights a week to write together, free with dinner provided. Registrations are essential, more information can be found here

Shut-up & Write-a-thon

HDR candidates are also offered two intensive days a week dedicated to working on your thesis, all meals provided on a regular monthly basis. Registrations are essential, more information can be found here


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 PARSA. Assistance and information is available to anyone who is interested in starting a group.

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