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

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Fall Writing Reboot 

& NaNoWriMo Write-in

We’re already gearing up for our annual Fall Writing Reboot & NaNoWriMo Write-in (in conjunction with our NaNo region members, the Northern Illinois Novel Knights). It will be Nov. 2 this year in the lodge at Lake Summerset.  If you’ve been here before, you know how it works.

If not, ours is a DIY writing day. Bring:

  • 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 (to share, if you would) and your favorite beverage.
  • your favorite writing mascot (if portable).
  • 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 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 by 4:30 p.m.

Now, here’s the key

Lake Summerset is a gated community SO YOU MUST REGISTER by 5 p.m. on Halloween (Oct. 31) so we can leave your name at the gate. You can do that by dropping us a note with your name, address and phone number. If you’re coming with friends, just add their names, addresses and phone numbers. 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. 31!

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. 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 6:30 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’ve added 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 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/

Join us

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 6:30 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, hot chocolate, coffee, tea.