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.

Shut Up And Write Facilitated Sessions

SUAW Facilitated Sessions are run by PARSA SUAW facilitators in the Molly Huxley Room at University House. Day sessions include lunch and evenings include dinner, to keep the inspirational writing juices flowing. These sessions are limited to 25 spaces, and are only available for Higher Degree by Research Students (HDR).

Come together in a supportive environment to work on your thesis using the Pomodoro Technique, and enjoy a free hearty meal courtesy of PARSA.

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.


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