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

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Fall Writing Reboot 

& NaNoWriMo Write-in

Registration is closed

Bring your mask and come out to our 2020 Fall Writing Reboot & NaNoWriMo Write-in (in conjunction with our NaNo region members, the Northern Illinois Novel Knights). It will be Nov. 7 this year in the lodge at Lake Summerset.  If you’ve been here before, you know generally how it works. But with COVID, there will be some changes this year.

Here are the changes for this year, which will be entirely a DIY writing day.

Attendance will be limited to 25 10 people (including us Writing Gals) due to COVID restrictions as of Oct. 25. So if you want to join us, sign up soon. Registration is closed.

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 MASK. You will be required to wear it when you come in, when you leave and anytime you walk around the room. (Yes it’s big, but some of us have multiple risk factors and we’re not messing around.)
  • 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 WILL BE NO SHARED SNACKS THIS YEAR. There is 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 MASKED 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 that will allow 2 or 3 people to chat and eat maskless IF they 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 this year SO YOU MUST REGISTER by 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 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.

Remember, we need to know you’re coming by Oct. 29!

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. 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. (Check our Facebook page to be sure we haven’t changed that.)

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 one week before our 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, hot chocolate, coffee, tea — to your favorite chair at home.