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

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Recharge your writing

Save May 18 for a full day of writing

Lake Summerset Lodge

Help us fill this room with writers on May 18, 2019. Break away from your routine and join us for a writing day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break at noon.

Come at 8:30 a.m. for caffeine, carbs and conversation.

It will be casual again. Pack a lunch, bring some snacks (“potluck” snacks are nice) and a favorite beverage — soda, coffee, tea, or cocoa. We will have some coffee and hot water for tea. 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.

Our friends from OWLS — Ogle Winnebago Literary Society — will be joining us and are likely to hold a short meeting right after lunch. You may opt to join in or just keep writing.

We need to know you’re coming

If you don’t live here, we need to leave your name at the gate. Drop us a note at lswritinggals@gmail.com with your name, phone number, town of residence and email.  We’ll need to know you’re coming no later than 5 p.m. May 16. (If you do live here, it would be nice to know you’re coming, too.)

All of our writer friends from groups — In Printers, OWLS, ABC, and the Northern Illinois Novel Knights (the official NaNo group in our region) — are welcome. So are are writers unattached to groups. And guys — writing guys — are welcome, too. (We really have had a few guys there in the past.)

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/

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 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.)