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

For the latest news on meeting dates and changes, visit us at https://www.facebook.com/lswritinggals/

Recharge your writing

We’re holding another Spring writing day on May 15 at the Lodge. Deadline to register is May 6!

If you’ve been here before, you know generally how it works.

In order to limit disruptions, we are setting limited arrival times. You may arrive between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. OR between 12:30 and 12:50 p.m. The doors will be locked the rest of the day. Writing sessions will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.


  • your computer, extension cords (to reach outlets) or paper and pen(cil)s. (There’s no wifi, so if you need to be plugged in, bring your hotspot.)
  • your lunch, snacks and your favorite beverage. (There are a fridge and a microwave you can use.)
  • your favorite writing mascot (optional).
  • your plan for the day (even it it’s planning your next project).

We start with socializing from 8:30-9 a.m., settle down for QUIET writing from 9-noon then break for lunch and conversation. There are plenty of tables for lunching and chatting if you are so inclined. (There is a Subway in Durand and a McDonald’s in Brodhead, Wis., if you forget to pack lunch. We’ll give you directions.)

At 1 p.m. we start writing until about 4 o’clock, when we need to pack up and vacate the lodge.

Lake Summerset is a gated community and it’s rules have changed SO YOU MUST REGISTER by 5 p.m. on MAY 6 so we can leave your name at the gate. (Yes, it’s now a week ahead, not just two days ahead for the deadline.) You can do that by dropping us a note with your name, address and phone number. We welcome Novel Knights, OWLS, ABC and other area writing group members, as well as unaffiliated writers. Send your note to lswritinggals@gmail.com.


Our 2021 Fall Writing Reboot & NaNoWriMo Write-in (in conjunction with our NaNo region members, the Northern Illinois Novel Knights) will be Nov. 13, 2021, in the lodge at Lake Summerset. 

Remember, we need to know you’re coming by Nov. 5!

If you’re interested, sign up for National Novel Writing Month at https://nanowrimo.org and be sure to join the Northern Illinois Novel Knights region.

And keep checking back for details about a spring writing day!

We have room for plenty of writers.

A little about us

The Writing Gals have been meeting at Lake Summerset for several years, rotating through dining rooms. Right now we’re meeting online. While membership has changed, a core group has kept it going through good writing times and bad. We are an official lake social group and generally meeting at the lodge on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. Since covid hit in 2020, we’ve migrated to online meetings on Messenger. If you’d like to join us, we’ve been gathering weekly for now. That could change. Drop us a note at lswritinggals@gmail.com if you’d like us to add you to the Messenger group for a visit.

We usually chat, free-write and share writing tips. Recently we experimented with a 30-minute period to write, too. 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’re adapting as we get used to online meetings. We welcome writers of any genre from mystery to memoir.


We 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 page at www.facebook.com/janowrimo.You can find a daily writing prompt during January at our JanO website at http://janowrimoblog.wordpress.com/

Join us

If you’d like to join us when we get together, we’re meeting online instead of in the Lake Summerset lodge most first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. Let us know you’d like to join us no later than Wednesday the week before our meeting. It may take time to add you to our group. 

If you like to write, feel free to check us out. Bring your own beverage — soda, water, lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee, tea — to your favorite chair at home.