Shut Up and Write /Create Sessions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 12:00 AM through April 30, 2020


Webex Cloud
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Deborah Lee-Talbot

Photo by Alice Dietrich on Unsplash

Due to government and institutional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, professional historians are experiencing dramatic changes to how we work and socialise. As we learn to negotiate these social challenges, there are persisting economic demands, such as mortgage repayments, food and utility costs, all of which demand our professional lives continue. In response, I have established a series of dedicated Shut Up and Write/Create sessions online.

A core difference between this model and others in existence is that these Shut Up and Write/Create sessions recognise we are now attempting to negotiate work from our households. These spaces may include housemates, parents, children, or a yodelling Border Collie dog. There is the understanding of some sessions maybe a little less structured than others. Also, these sessions are designed to warmly welcome individuals not just writing history but creating history, be it artwork, a musical score, choreography planning, and so forth.

Shut Up and Write /Create sessions are run online with Webex.

  • Mondays, 2.30-4.30 pm (AEST)
  • Wednesdays, 9 am to 11 am (AEST)
  • Thursdays, 8 pm to 10 pm (AEST)

Click HERE for further information.

You don’t need to sign up for a Webex Account to join a meeting, but you do need an invitation! Please contact me with your email address to receive an invitation to the session. 

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342