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

We’re taking a “snow day”
Bad weather forecasts for tonight mean the Writing Gals will be skipping our Feb. 5 meeting.
Weather permitting, join us Feb. 19. We’ll “toast” presidential authors when we meet. Bring a favorite quote or passage written by a U.S. president.

Recharge in spring

Save May 19 for another writing day

Lake Summerset Lodge

We had a great time, despite brief power outages, at our annual fall writing day on the first Saturday of National Novel Writing Month — NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short. Most everyone met or exceeded his or her writing goal.

And we’ll be doing it again on May 19, 2018. Plan to join us for writing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break at noon.

Come a few minutes early for caffeine, carbs and conversation.

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, 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. May 17.

All of our writer friends from groups — In Printers, OWLS, ABC’, and 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 and at lunch. If you can’t wait to visit with someone, there’s always the great outdoors.


A little about us

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.


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/

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.)