Shut Up & Write!

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The Researcher Development team currently offers Shut Up and Write sessions four times a week virtually using Zoom. These sessions are open to all researchers keen to participate, from any institution.

Generally a Shut Up & Write! group will use the Pomodoro Technique, which involves writing in silence for 50 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.

Zoom Shut Up and Write:

These are recurring meetings at Australian Eastern Standard Time. Current Offset: UTC/GMT +10 hours.

These meetings are open to all researchers, from all institutions worldwide and require a password to participate. Please email DM via twitter @ANUresearcher for the password. The same password is used for every session. SUAW is taking a break the week ANZAC day on 27 April and 29 April for our Journal Writing Boot Camp.


What is Zoom?

Zoom is Video Conferencing software. All ANU staff and students have access to Zoom through the ANU Corporate License. To create your ANU account, go here (, and sign in using your ANU UID and password. You will be taken to your web portal Zoom profile. ou will need to download the Zoom application by selecting Download from the ANU web portal. If you want to learn more about Zoom, check out these How to Zoom videos.

If you're eager to participate from another institution, you are more than welcome. Find out if your local area has a Zoom account, or create your own and join us.



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

Join our Shut Up And Write Facebook page to stay connected and up-to-date with SUAW news. New members are welcome to join at any time.

For up to date programming, please refer to the PARSA SUAW webpage.