show up & write.

show up & write. drop-in writing sessions provide faculty, postdoc, and graduate students a designated time and place to "show up & write."

schedule. drop in. write.

times & locations vary semester to semester

see schedule below

spring 2019 

feb 4 - may 9

John Pippen Hat Square

Dr. John Pippen, Assistant Professor of Music, Theatre & Dance sports his CSU Writes writing cap. Dr. Pippen proctors the T/R morning session in the Warner College.

spring times/locations

please note, many sessions will wrap a few minutes before the hour to allow for classroom transitions


8-10am           119 Walnut

9-11am           33 Animal Sciences

10-12              256 Warner Nat Resources (2/11 & 2/18 sessions in 102 Shepardson)

12-2pm          Plant Growth Facilities Conservatory greenhouse

1-3pm             119 Walnut

3-5pm             119 Walnut



8:30-10am    256 Warner Nat Resources (2/19 session in 101 Walnut)

1-3pm             119 Walnut

3-5pm             119 Walnut



You can think of show up & write. akin to drop-in yoga (without the downward dog). Make show up & write. part of your healthy writing practice.

show up & write Postcard, Fall 2017

show up & write. sessions are scheduled communal blocks of time on M/W & T/R.

show up & write. The concept seems almost too simple, but it is rooted in a fundamental of writing productivity: you must "show up" regularly to produce an article, proposal, thesis, dissertation, etc..

show up & write. sessions help you schedule your semester's writing times. The sessions are on campus in classrooms with tables so that you can have space to work. Each session has a proctor who can sign your "show up" card and who will let you know when the session is over.

What you can expect: Many writers find that the communal atmosphere of show up  & write. helps them focus and write more than they would otherwise. Each session begins 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. Each session closes with the proctor prompting you to wrap up your day's writing and consider where you will begin writing when you drop in again.

Why "show up?" 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)

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.

brianne's coffee mug boomerang

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 2018-19 Academic Year, fill out the form below or email CSU Writes for more information (


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