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Shut Up and Write!

DCU's Shut and Write! group for PHD students is run by Gradate Studies in liaison with Student Learning. The aim of the group is to turn writing from a solitary to a social experience. The group meets regularly during semester to work on individual writing tasks (for example a thesis write-up) together, for motivation, mutual support and to literally shut up and write.

Photo of students writing together as a group in the library.

Who is it for? Any PHD student working on a piece of writing.

What to bring: Laptop (or pen and paper - however you like to work), necessary notes, papers, items to work on.

Rules: No speaking to each other at writing time (only during breaks). No phone or social media etc usage.

Role of facilitator: To keep time and announce when it's five minutes before the end of each session.

Sample Schedule

All participants must arrive promptly for the two-hour session but can leave in-between writing periods if necessary.

TimeActivity
10.30Short introduction of shut up and write approach. Introductions from participants.
10.35Free writing activity
10.4025 minutes of timed writing followed by 5 minute break
11.1025 minutes of timed writing
11.35Tea-break
11.5020 minutes of writing followed by 5 minute break
12.1510 minutes of writing
12.25Wrap-up