Shut Up and Write (HDR)


The PARSA Shut Up and Write (SUAW) program has been run by students, for students, at ANU since 2012. Over the years it has helped hundreds of HDR students make progress in their degrees.


What is Shut Up and Write (SUAW) you ask?

PARSA shut up and Write Sessions are for you to get together on a regular basis and focus on short, intense bursts of productive writing in a supportive environment, using the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique involves writing in silence for 25 or 50 minutes bursts with regular five to ten-minute rests for coffee, snacks and chatting. Chatting is a good way to have a ‘brain break’, especially between intense periods of focus. Writers work on their own tasks – there are no set exercises or group work. This is a great way to share methods, successes, challenges, and opportunities as writers.

Read what the Thesis Whisperer says on how to Shut Up and Write works.


Shut Up and Write Sessions (Facilitated):

SUAW Facilitated Sessions are run by our trained SUAW facilitators.  To keep the inspirational writing juices flowing, day sessions include lunch, and evenings include dinner. Come together in a supportive environment to work on your thesis using the Pomodoro Technique, and experience for yourself how much it can boost your productivity.

These sessions are limited to 24 spaces are open to Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students (Masters students producing a thesis, PhD, Master of Philosophy). Coursework students and other postgraduates wishing to attend should email the SUAW Coordinator prior to registration. Early Career Academics and HDR students form other universities are welcome attend (subject to availability of spaces) but are not eligible for the complimentary meal.

Join our Shut Up and Write Facebook page or the Shut Up and Write Group to stay connected and up-to-date on all things Shut Up and Write!

All PARSA programs are committed to equality for all students. As a program of PARSA, Shut Up and Write believes that students have a right to feel safe and respected during our sessions. By registering for a SUAW session, you agree to undertake respectful behaviour towards all facilitators and students during the sessions.

To learn more, or for support services see: 

Student Support

Gender Rights

As the SUAW sessions are catered we ask that all attendees provide notice if they can not make it. All food bookings are finalized 5 days in advance so early notice is preferred, though any notice is appreciated so a spot can be offered to another person. Anyone who persistently books and does not attend without notice may have their ability to attend future sessions suspended.

If you want to organize Shut Up and Write sessions at your college or accommodation buildings, please reach out to us for any support to


PARSA Shut Up and Write In-Person Sessions

Our SUAW in-person sessions are back! The SUAW sessions will be held every Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm at the ANU Union Bar Cafe on Rimmer Street. Free lunch will be provided to each participant that attends at least half of a session.

Registration is required as the number is capped in each session. Due to dietary requirements, please register before the registration deadline. If you know you can not attend please email as soon as possible.



Registration Link

Registration Deadline

Wednesday 21 September  10am - 3pm 16 September
Thursday 22 September 3pm - 8pm 19 September
Friday 23 September  10am - 3pm 20 September 
Wednesday 28 September  10am - 3pm 23 September 
Thursday 29 September  3pm - 8pm 26 September 
Friday 30 Septemer  10am - 3pm 27 September 
Wednesday 5 October  10am - 3pm 30 September
Thursday 6 October  3pm - 8pm 3 October
Friday 7 October 10am - 3pm 4 October 
Wednesday 12 October 10am - 3pm 7 October
Thursday 13 October  3pm - 8pm 10 October
Friday 14 October 10am - 3pm 11 October
Thursday 20 October 3pm - 8pm 17 October
Friday 21 October 10am - 3pm 18 October
Wednesday 26 October 10am - 3pm 21 October
Thursday 27 October 3pm - 8pm 24 October
Friday 28 October 10am - 3pm 25 October


Botanic Gardens Writing Retreats

By popular demand PARSA is bringing back it's Botanical Garden Writing Retreat. Come join us at the world class Australian National Botanical Gardens just across the road from the ANU for a day of productive writing with an included lunch. Bookings are free but essential, so please register if you want to come as demand will be high.

Date  Time   Registration Link
Wednesday 19 October  10am - 4pm
Tuesday 15 November  TBC  TBC
Wednesday 9 December  TBC TBC 


Bookings for the later sessions will be made available around the 15th of the preceding month.

Non-PARSA faciliated writing programs

SUAW at Drill Hall Gallery

PARSA is proud to partner with Drill Hall Gallery to present SUAW amongst the art. Join us at the Drill Hall Gallery (right next to Toad Hall) on Tuesdays for a three hour evening session with a complementary dinner for ANU Postgraduates. Note that the Drill Hall Gallery SUAW sessions accept both postgraduates and HDR students.


Date  Time 
Tuesday 6 September  6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 13 September  6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 20 September  6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 27 September  6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 11 October  6pm - 9pm
Tuesday 25 October 6pm - 9pm


Each of these sessions can be booked through the following link:


Shut Up and Write... in your pyjamas 

Feeling stuck in your writing? Overwhelmed? Never in the mood to write? why not shake up your routine and create an early morning writing habit. In the mornings your mind is rested, it hasn't yet been bamboozled by all the distractions of the day, and best of all, writing early in the mornings allows you to tap into the creative part of your brain, the prefontal cortex, which is more active in the morning. 

You are invited to join other HDR students on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.00 to 7.00am. You can use the zoom link below to join

For more information email


Shut Up and Write Online Sessions


Come join a volunteer facilitated SUAW Zoom session from the comfort of your home or office.

Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Join via Zoom Meeting link below: 

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Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Level 2, Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri Precinct
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
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