Shut up and Write!

This method helps you break up large tasks (such as a thesis) into smaller, concrete ones. It’s an effective method to get these tasks done in a social setting, while avoiding distractions and procrastination.

Start date:

09 November 2021 09:00

End date:

09 November 2021 11:00

Location:

The University Library basement

​​​​​​Takes place on Tuesday, November 9th from 09:00 to 11:00 in the University Li​brary basement. 

The session is open to Master’s students, PhD candidates, and academic staff. 

Preparation: Bring some literature, a writing task, or data to analyze for 2 hours of productivity without any distractions. 

Organization: We will work intensively in four 25-minute sessions, each followed by 5 minutes of social breaks with coffee an​d biscuits (which we provide). 

Sign-up: ​Use the sign-up form found on the right hand side. Maximum 25 participants. ​

How it works​

Shut up and Write has become popular at universities around the world. The idea is quite simple: work efficiently without distractions for a solid chunk of time that is broken up by short, social breaks.

At Nord, we are using the Pomodoro technique. That is: four ​25-minute sessions of writing, with 5 minutes for coffee and mingling after each session.

Past experience has shown that Shut up and Write sessions are especially effective at universities, where students and researchers need to divert their focus away from distractions like social media and emails. It's also a chance to work in a different setting, which might be a welcome change from the solitude of the office or study desk.​

On a needs-ba​sis

Ellen Sæthre-McGuirk is a professor at Nord university, and Aurélien Delaval is an academic librarian and himself a PhD-student at FBA. Both have started this initiative at Nord.

Ellen: I first joined Shut up and Write sessions while I was on a research visit in Australia. We were a group of academic staff, master- and PhD-students who met up on a needs-basis. It was a fantastic opportunity to set aside time to concentrate on writing. To be honest, it was also a chance to switch-off from social media and emails.

Aurélien: As a master- and PhD-student, I thought it was tough to be productive for hours while sitting alone in the office or at the study desk. It's great to be able to dedicate time to just writing, while in a room with my fellow academics from across faculties. It's also a great way to get to know each other over a cup of coffee, and to get reading- and writing-tips from fellow students.​

Masters-students, PhD-students, and academic staff are warmly welcome!



Start date:

09 November 2021 09:00

End date:

09 November 2021 11:00

Location:

The University Library basement