Summer Social & Writing Awards

Winners of the 2017 Dr. Robert & Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards were announced at the Interior Authors Group summer social held July 22. Congratulations to Jacquie McNeil of Savona and Rita Joan Dozlaw of Kamloops. To see their smiling faces & read their winning entries, please visit http://elmams.wixsite.com/awards/2017-winners .

 

Homework for Meeting on Thursday June 8, 2017

The following message is from Hugh Burton, who has kindly agreed to do a presentation at the Thursday June 8 IAG meeting. Thanks, Hugh. writing detective-152085__480 pixabay

The presentation for the June meeting is a look at the writing of detective fiction at which I will be:

  1. providing a brief look at the evolution of the genre.
  2. Using examples from various published authors to illustrate the successful methods of developing plot, characters and settings and maintaining interest in particular reference to the authors that write serial mysteries using the same set of characters.
  3. Providing time for the reading and discussion of some of the plots that you have developed as homework.

Homework guide lines:

I hope that you will take some time between now and the June meeting to sketch out ONE OR ALL of the following:

  1. the plot for a mystery. Although I will be mainly covering murder mysteries in the presentation, your sketch may involve terrorism, espionage, or a bank heist etc. However, irrespective of what plot you develop it should Include Method, means and opportunity and should be plausible.
  2. The setting. While you are working on the plot you should be imagining the setting because this will significantly influence the development of the character of the detective, main character and other cast members and the ways in which they will interact. For example, you might choose to write about a sleepy English village populated by a predominantly rather stuffy, snobbish, dogmatic group of characters. This gives the opportunity of developing a detective or main character whose nature is at variance and therefore provides a venue for lots of subtle social interactions.
  3. The disposition of the main character (e.g., detective) and those who are absolutely essential to the story line.

You may choose a main character that is taciturn, manipulative, abrasive, caustic, a loner, or a team player. Remember that this character is primarily responsible for the solution to the mystery and will therefore, be interacting intimately with most of the other characters so that her/his character should be definitive enough to elicit a variety of interesting social interactions. You may want to give your lead character some internal problems to deal with such as a drinking problem, or an ailing partner.

If you find yourself having trouble getting going or need more information please feel free to send me a note at hughlejeune@gmail.com.

I look forward to an interesting and fun session in June. I was actually planning to do this as a two part presentation as it would have made it more efficient but we will have to do the best we can with the time available.    hb

Minutes for May 11, 2017 Meeting

INTERIOR AUTHORS GROUP

Minutes for May 11, 2017

 

Meeting came to order at 6:40 pm.

No minutes from the previous meeting available.

No treasurer’s report.

Business:

Discussion of possible anthology project for next fall.

Hugh talked about what is required of a committee and volunteered to participate in the committee that is being formed.

General agreement was given that any decision on a project should wait until a full board of directors is finalized.

Barbara talked about how books were sold in the past and the advantages of collecting money in advance of a book run.

Stephanie spoke of the advantages of “print on demand” service like Create Space and Ingram Sparks.

Terry shared that his last order of books from Ingram Sparks with printing and shipping cost $6.40 CDN.

Summer Social will be a potluck at the home of Elma Schemenauer, Saturday, July 22nd, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Attendees should bring a dish sufficient for themselves and any guests they bring. Elma and Hugh will prepare a chili and other hot dish. This year’s Schemenauer Awards will be given at the social. (Note that the deadline for entries has passed.)

Okanagan Valley Writers Festival. Elma gave a report applauding the organization and value of the festival. Elma also shared information on “Red Tuque Books,” a distributor of Canadian indie authors.

Ditty-Master Dennis entertained with a piece celebrating the first published book and, of course, Mother’s Day.

After the break, Eileen and Barbara gave a mini-workshop on poetry, focusing on poetic devices, the difference between poetry and prose, availability of poetic inspiration everywhere, and cautions about editors and poetry. Members then took twenty minutes to write and share brief poems.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 pm.

 

 

 

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Agenda for Meeting May 11, 2017

Here, courtesy of our good vice-president, Shirley Dodding, is the agenda for our IAG meeting this coming Thursday May 11. Looking forward to seeing you there. Please bring writing materials.

I.A.G GENERAL MEETING FOR MAY 11TH 2017

MEETING START TIME:  6:30

CALL TO ORDER ______

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING – APRIL 13TH

BUSINESS ARISING FROM SAID MEETING

ELECTION OF OFFICER TO TREASURER

TREASURER’S REPORT

NEW BUSINESS:  DISCUSSION OF ANTHOLOGY FOR FALL AND COMMITTEE TO BE FORMED

DATE AND TIME TO BE CONFIRMED FOR SUMMER SOCIAL AT THE SCHEMENAUERS

ELMA TO REPORT ON:     KAMLOOPS WRITERS FESTIVAL, RED TOQUE (CATALOGUE DISTRIBUTION),

UPDATE ON THE SCHEMENAUER WRITERS AWARDS TO BE GIVEN OUT AT THE

SOCIAL & POSSIBLE  I.A.G SPEAKERS FOR THIS FALL

DITT Y:   OUR DITTY MASTER DENNIS ROBERTSON

—–BREAK—–                                   7:15 -7:30                         —–TIME—–

PRESENTERS:      OUR VERY OWN BARBARA BALLE AND EILEEN BELL WILL BE PRESENTING

AN HOUR ON WRITING POETRY. PLEASE BRING WRITING MATERIALS.

 

JUNE PRESENTER:   HUGH BURTON:  EVOLUTION OF WRITING MURDER MYSTERIES

MEETING ADJOURNED @ _____

NEXT MEETING DATE:  THURSDAY  JUNE 08THWRITING pix 4

IAG Meeting Place: Chartwell Ridgepointe

IAG Meeting Location

A dramatic view of our meeting place–Chartwell Ridgepointe in Pineview. It looks almost like a castle on the hill. We meet there the second Thursday of each month (except December, July, and August) at 6:30 pm. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: GO WEST (UPHILL) ON HUGH ALLEN. TURN LEFT ON COPPERHEAD, LEFT ON AVENS WAY, & LEFT ON PRIMROSE. [Photo by Robert S. Schemenauer]

April 2017 IAG meeting highlights

My, what a good Interior Authors Group meeting we had on April 13! Shirley Dodding ran it so well. Highlights of the meeting are too numerous to discuss, but I’ll mention a couple:

1  Lindsay Curry, a very welcome guest, told us about plans for the next Kamloops Writers Festival. It’s happening November 3-5 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 339 St. Paul Street near 3rd Avenue. Watch the website www.kamloopswritersfestival.com for breaking news about this exciting and informative event.

2  Our own Terry [T.D.] Roth gave an excellent presentation on writing creative nonfiction. A few of his main points:

-Creative nonfiction merges the literary styles and techniques of fiction with the factual research of nonfiction. It’s factual writing that reads like fiction.

-The essence of the story must be true, but the author fills in the gaps and provides a fiction-like read.

-A good creative nonfiction story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.

-Essential to writing creative nonfiction is research, research, research, and more research.

-Straight factual writing tells what it is. Creative nonfiction tells what it is and what it’s like.

Next meeting May 11, 2017

Presenters for meetings in April, May, & June 2017

APRIL 13   TERRY ROTH:  WRITING  NON – FICTION

MAY 11    BARBARA BALLE & EILEEN BELL:  POETRY

JUNE  8    HUGH BURTON:  HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY

Minutes from March 9 IAG meeting

Thanks to our kind, hardworking vice president, Shirley Dodding, following are the minutes from the March 9 IAG meeting. Note especially the info about presenters for the next three months:       

APRIL 13   TERRY ROTH:  WRITING  NON – FICTION

MAY 11    BARBARA BALLE & EILEEN BELL:  POETRY

JUNE  8    HUGH BURTON:  HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY

                              

INTERIOR AUTHORS GROUP

MEETING MINUTES for MARCH 09TH 2017

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER @ 6:35

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING JANUARY 12TH   (NO MEETING FEB. DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)

ELEANOR HANCOCK ACCEPTED MINUTES AS READ, TERRY ROTH SECONDED.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS TABLED AS NO MEMBERS SHOWED INTEREST IN POSITIONS: PRESIDENT OR TREASURER

BUDGET AND SPREADSHEET UPDATE WHEN HUGH BURTON RETURNS FROM ONTARIO

TREASURERS REPORT WILL BE GIVEN AT THE END OF THE MEETING

IDEAS FOR NEW PROJECT IN 2017:   POSSIBLE ANTHOLOGY IN SEPTEMBER

LETTER READ FROM SAHALI SECONDARY REGARDING WRITERS REQUESTED FOR SCHOOL WORKSHOP

TERRY ROTH SPOKE ON HIS NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOK IN REFERENCE TO e books AND KINDLE

AFTER THE BREAK ELMA SCHEMENAUER OFFERED AN EXHILARATING PRESENTATION ON HOOKS AND BAITS IN WRITING.  ELMA OFFERED AN EXTENSIVE HANDOUT WITH MANY EXAMPLES TO USE IN HOOKING A READER.  IN THE HANDOUT WERE EXAMPLES FROM THE WRITING OF SOME OF OUR I.A.G. MEMBERS. AFTER THE PRESENTATION MEMBERS WERE OFFERED A CHANCE TO CREATE THEIR OWN SENTENCES USING ONE OF THE EXAMPLES. SOME MEMBERS READ THEIR WORK.

AT THE CLOSE OF THE MEETING SHIRLEY DODDING MENTIONED A COUPLE OF ISSUES.

FIRSTLY, WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY CHARTWELL RIDGEPOINTE TO OFFER UP TIME FOR THE CO-ORDINATOR TO BE AT OUR NEXT MEETING:  INFORMATION TO PROMOTE CHARTWELL AS A  RESIDENCY  WILL BE GIVEN AND TOURS WILL BE OFFERED TO INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE FUTURE.

THE NEXT MEETING WE WILL ALSO HOST LINDSAY CURRY FROM THE KAMLOOPS WRITER’S FESTIVAL.

THE TREASURY REPORT WAS GIVEN. 

PRESENTERS FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS:

APRIL   TERRY ROTH:  WRITING  NON – FICTION

MAY     BARBARA BALLE & EILEEN BELL:  POETRY

JUNE     HUGH BURTON:  HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY

MEETING ADJOURNED @ 8:35

 

IAG General Meeting January 12, 2017

The deep-freeze didn’t freeze the tongues of local authors and aspiring authors who attended the January 12 meeting of the Interior Authors Group. We heard interesting information from a number of attendees. Here are some highlights:

-Dennis Robertson read his January ditty and told us about winning a Governor General’s award for volunteerism. The Governor General presented it in Edmonton recently.

-Terry Roth showed us the latest edition of his book The Peasant’s Gold. It features North America’s first Chinese mayor, Peter Wing, who was also a mayor of Kamloops. Terry told us how we can use Amazon’s rating system to help each other’s books sell better.

-We had four visitors ranging from a high school student to a businessman born just before the Second World War. They told us a bit about themselves, their writing, and their writing aspirations.

-Barbara Balle and Elma Schemenauer demonstrated how they sold or tried to sell IAG members’ books at the Sahali Mall Visions Market from the end of October to just before Christmas 2016. Terry Roth played the role of a reluctant customer who was eventually persuaded to buy a book. Several other attendees were also persuaded.

-Several attendees read selections from their writing. These ranged from a ghost story, to a story about an unconventional princess, to selections published in the newest anthology published by the Clearwater Writer’s Association. Congrats, Clearwater writers. If you’re interested in this anthology, contact Kay Knox. Her e-mail is kkjjknox(at symbol)hotmail(dot)com.

It was a good meeting. Vice-president Shirley Dodding chaired it. She also took the minutes in the absence of Secretary Jeff Bloom. Acting President Hugh Burton sent informative and encouraging information from Ontario, where he and wife Pat are spending the winter.

IAG Annual General Meeting October 13, 2016

We elected the following board members for the October 2016 to October 2017 year: VICE PRESIDENT Shirley Dodding, SECRETARY Jeff Bloom, MEMBERS AT LARGE Barbara Balle, Danielle Pederson, Elma Schemenauer. The positions of PRESIDENT and TREASURER remain open, with Hugh Burton and Janet Miller graciously agreeing to serve in these roles during the coming month.

After the business part of the meeting, Jeff Bloom led a fun activity that resulted in some interesting pieces of writing.