Shut Up and Write!

This is not a command from a particularly cranky and irritated supervisor, but an increasingly popular strategy used to facilitate short bursts of productive writing in a fun and social setting. ‘Fun’ and ‘social’ are not words students or academics generally use to describe the hard slog of the usually solitary pursuit of academic writing, but ‘Shut up and Write!’ sessions are different. Along with these incentives for attending, peer pressure helps stop the inevitable excuse of ‘I’m too busy this week…’, or loss of focus during the session. The basic idea is simple, and can be adapted to the preferences of a particular group. A short (just an hour or so is enough), regular time period (perhaps first thing …

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