Shut Up and Write (HDR)

The PARSA Shut Up and Write (SUAW) program has been run by students, for students, at ANU since 2012.

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 minutes bursts with regular five-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 in the Molly Huxley Room, at University House. To keep the inspirational writing juices flowing, day sessions include lunch, evenings include dinner, and afternoon sessions offer coffee, these sessions are limited to 24 spaces and are welcome to 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 for the evening and morning sessions, courtesy of PARSA.

Join our Shut Up and Write Facebook page 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

Shut Up and Write Session schedule (Molly Huxley Room):



Food Provided


2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Coffee + Snacks


10:00 am to 3:00 pm



10:00 am to 3:00 pm



5:30 pm to 9:00 pm



2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Coffee + Snacks


To register your spot please click on the links below:


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

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
Write to Us: