show up & write

show up & write sessions provide faculty and graduate students with a designated time and place to "show up and write."

show up & write Poster, FALL 2017

show up & write sessions are communal writing blocks of time (around 2 hours) in classrooms with tables so that you can get comfortable with your own writing. Bring your own writing gear.

Many writers find that the communal space of show up  & write helps them focus and write more than they would otherwise.

The sessions begin and end with a couple of minutes to get settled and chat with your writing sessions neighbors to exchange writing tips or advice in an impromptu fashion. The remaining session time affords communal, quiet writing environment.

show up & write can also help writers write more regularly. Simply put the dates and locations on your calendar and then drop-in to do your work .

Given the busyness of academic schedules, we need an way to prioritize writing in our day. We must, in other words, show up & write.

You can drop in for 15 minutes or for an hour or more--whatever your schedule allows.

show up & write sessions offer a strategy to maintain a writing schedule and keep writing times “contained” so that you know when you will get your work done and when you can have "free time" (to feel truly free of the pressure to write)


FALL 2017

times & locations...

show up & write  times & locations will be announced early September.

Because we reserve writing spaces across campus, we must wait until classrooms scheduling has been finalized.

We can tell you that show up & write will be offered on M/W and T/R for in 2-hour blocks (well, 1 hour & 50 minutes to be more accurate).

Check back the first week in September to find a time and location that works for your schedule this semester.

earn a csu writes coffee mug...

EARN-A-MUG: Pick up a show up & write card and have the proctor at your session initial each time you "show up." After 20 sessions (40-ish hours of writing), you can submit your card for a CSU Writes coffee mug!  See if you can attend enough writing sessions to earn a mug in a semester. Or, keep track of your card and continue building session credits in a subsequent semester.

volunteer proctors...

show up & write sessions are proctored by a dedicated and ever-growing number of volunteers.

Remember to thank the proctor at the location you attend. If you would like to propose an additional time for "show up & write" and are interested in proctoring a session during the 2017-18 Academic Year, fill out the form below or email CSU Writes for more information (

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