“If a story is in you, it has got to come out.”
– William Faulkner

Say yes to ‘NaNo’

Join us Nov. 4 for another day of writing

Lake Summerset Lodge

We’re doing our annual fall writing day on the first Saturday of National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short. Plan to join us Nov. 4 for writing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break at noon.

Come a few minutes early for coffee or tea and maybe a little something sweet or bring your favorite beverage.

It will be casual again. Pack a lunch, bring some snacks and a favorite beverage — soda, coffee, tea, or cocoa. We will have some coffee and hot water for tea, too. If you don’t want to pack lunch, you can run into Durand to the Subway for carry-out.

If you prefer a laptop or tablet to write, we have plenty of outlets, but you may need an extension cord. There’s no WiFi, so do your research before you arrive or make notes about things to check later, or bring your own hotspot.

Drop us a note at lswritinggals@gmail.com with your name, address and email (if you don’t live here, we need to leave your name at the gate. We’ll need to know you’re coming no later than 4 p.m. Nov. 2. All of our writer friends from groups — In Printers, OWLS, ABC’ers, and espcially our NaNo friends in the Northern Illinois Novel Knights, as well as others in the area — are welcome. So are are writers unattached to groups. And guys — writing guys — are welcome, too.

Our only rule: This is a day for quiet writing. Chat before we start ad at noon. If you can’t wait to visit with someone, there’s always the great outdoors.

A little about us

Lake Summerset Lodge
Lake Summerset Lodge

The Writing Gals have been meeting at Lake Summerset for several years, rotating through dining rooms. While membership has changed, a core group has kept it going through good writing times and bad. Recently, our membership has grown beyond our dining rooms’ abilities to contain us, so we became an official lake group and have begun meeting at the lodge on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m.

We usually chat, free-write and share writing tips. Then one or two of us will read a brief section of something we’re working on to get feedback from the rest of the group. We welcome writers of any genre from fiction to memoir.

logos1-13xWe also created JanOWriMo because most of us don’t have time to win NaNoWriMo (although we do play along). Look for occasional posts during the year on our JanO Facebook pageĀ  at www.facebook.com/janowrimo.You can find a daily writing prompt during January at our JanO website at http://janowrimoblog.wordpress.com/

If you’d like to join us when we get together, we’ll be in the Lake Summerset lodge most first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. for our usual gatherings. Let us know you’d like to join us no later than 4:30 p.m. on meeting days by leaving us a note on our Write to Us page. (Find it on it in the menu at the top right corner of this page.)

If you like to write, feel free to check us out. Bring your own beverage — soda, water, lemonade. (When the weather gets cold, we’ll bring the hot water. You bring a mug and instant beverage.)