Shut Up & Write! Groups

PARSA Shut Up & Write!

The PARSA Shut Up & Write! group has been run by students, for students, on ANU campus since 2012.

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?

Higher Degree Research (HDR) students, post docs, lecturers and professional staff are all welcome to PARSA's Shut Up and Write! There are no formal requirements.

Contact the convenors with questions, or join the mailing list or the Facebook group.

The mailing list and Facebook group will send reminders, but there is no obligation to attend. New members are welcome to join at any time.

Current groups
  1. Biginelli Espresso group
    Writers meet twice a week at Biginelli Espresso (the ANU School of Music Café):
    Mondays 9-11am
    Thursdays 2-4pm 
    Free coffee (and sometimes cake) is provided by PARSA.
  2. Fenner group
    Writers meet weekly in the Sternstein Room (Geography Building 48a, ANU)
    Fridays 10-12.30pm
  3. Online
    Or if you can’t make it to campus consider following @shutup&writeTuesdays, a Twitter account that facilitates Shut Up & Write! sessions online.
Intensive Sessions

Intensive Sessions are held regularly in a quiet venue. Participants do a whole day of programme Pomodoro sessions and complete vast quantities of writing/planning/other HDR work in one day.

Doing an Intensive Session trains you in the use of the Pomodoro Technique, which many find helpful for managing long periods of project work.

A regular intensive (known as Veterans Day) is held on one Saturday per month as part of the Thesis Boot Camp program. You are welcome to attend even if you haven’t participated in a Boot Camp. 

Intensives will be advertised in the Research Digest newsletter.

Want to start your own group? Shut Up & Write! is supported by the Research Training team. Assistance and information is available to anyone who is interested in starting a group -

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Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

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