Shut Up and Write (HDR)

ANUSA HDR Program – Shut Up and Write 

The Shut Up and Write 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?

Shut Up and Write sessions are for you to get together regularly and focus on short, intense bursts of productive writing in a supportive environment, using the Pomodoro Technique. This technique involves writing in silence for 40 to 50 minutes bursts, with regular 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.

 

ANUSA Shut Up and Write Sessions 

Our sessions take place every weekly. Free lunch or dinner will be provided. 

If you are interested in bringing the Shut Up and Write sessions to your college or accommodation buildings, please reach out to ANUSA Shut Up and Write Coordinator for any support or enquiries.

 

Who can Attend ANUSA Shut Up and Write Sessions? 

ANUSA Shut Up and Write sessions are open to all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students, including: 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); 

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil); 

  • Master students producing a thesis.  

We also welcome postgraduate coursework students, early career academics, and HDR students from other universities to attend by emailing ANUSA Shut Up and Write Coordinator, but they are not eligible for the complimentary meal.  

 

Who is Eligible for the Complementary Meal?

Free lunch or dinner will be provided to the attendees meeting the following requirements (for our longer sessions):

  • Must be an HDR student;
  • Participate in at least three out of the four 50-minute writing sprints;
  • Have writing tasks to work on during the sessions (e.g., thesis, papers, or coding), rather than drafting emails or doing online courses, etc.

As the number of meal tickets is limited and in high demand for each session, we kindly ask those unsure about meeting the suggested requirements to register for 'Walk-In without Free Meal/ BYO.'

 

Cancellation

As the SUAW sessions are catered, we kindly request that if you are unable to attend a session, please notify the ANUSA Shut Up and Write Coordinator at least 3 days in advance. Persistent bookings without attendance and without prior notice may result in the suspension of your ability to attend future sessions.

 

How can I register ANUSA Shut Up and Write Sessions?

Walk-in attendance is always welcome!

To secure the complementary meals at ANUSA Shut Up and Write sessions, registration is required. Registration for complementary meals for the current weeks' sessions closes on Tuesday around lunch time. If you miss the registration and would like to have a complementary meal, please email ANUSA Shut Up and Write Coordinator

Our May and June sessions are scheduled as below:

Week 12 

23 May | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

24 May | Friday morning SUAW session @ McDonald Room, Menzies Library, 10am-2pm 

The Week Starting on 27 May 

29 May | Wednesday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

30 May | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

31 May | Friday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

The Week Starting on 3 June

5 June | Wednesday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

6 June | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

7 June | Friday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

The Week Starting on 10 June

12 June | Wednesday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

13 June | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

14 June | Friday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

The Week Starting on 17 June (Registration will be open at 3 PM, 7 June Friday)

19 June | Wednesday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.04, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

20 June | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

21 June | Friday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.04, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

The Week Starting on 24 June (Registration will be open at 3 PM, 7 June Friday)

26 June | Wednesday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

27 June | Thursday evening SUAW session @ ANUSA Boardroom, 3pm-8pm 

28 June | Friday morning SUAW session @ Room 3.03, Marie Reay, 10am-2pm 

 

2024 Updates 

Starting from 20 April 2024, University House ceases their operations at their Rimmer Street location, including both hosting and catering for ANUSA Shut Up and Write sessions. Despite our efforts to secure a regular venue for Wednesday morning sessions, availability during the teaching period has been quite challenging. Regrettably, Wednesday sessions during the teaching period will be cancelled. 

During the teaching period, our Friday morning sessions will relocate to the McDonald Room, Menzies Library.

During the teaching break, the location(s) for Wednesday and Friday morning sessions are at Room 3.03 or 3.04, Marie Reay Teaching Building, Kambri

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which ANUSA operates.
We recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters, and communities of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We pay our respect to Elders, past and present, and commit to standing with our first nations people.

Contact ANUSA (02) 6125 2444