Welcome to the DAWG House.


We are a Writers Group in the Northern Illinois Area

The DeKalb Area Writers Group meets monthly to work on short stories and discuss writing.
The purpose of DAWGs is to encourage writers in a safe and supportive environment.

“If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

Why be a Writer?

If you’re here, scrolling through this page, taking an interest in what DAWGs has to offer, there’s no need to convince you to be a writer.


  • You want to tell stories.
  • You need to tell stories.
  • You can’t not tell stories.
  • You must write those stories!

Writing Tips, Conference Experiences, Book Reviews, and DAWG Updates

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King

Five Tips for New Writers

After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every time I start a new project, it’s like it’s my first project. Whether you areContinue reading “Five Tips for New Writers”

So You Want to Write a Book

Did you know 90% of people SAY they want to write a book?Based on reported goal percentages, half will begin and less than half of those will finish.Of those that “finish” writing their book, only 8% will take it through publication. Have you met Procrastination?No matter HOW MUCH you WANT to write this book, youContinue reading “So You Want to Write a Book”