NEWS FLASH. IAG meeting Wednesday Sept 16 will start at 5:30, not 6:30.

September 2020 Meeting

Because of Covid concerns, our September 2020 meeting will be outdoors. Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 till dark. Location: McDonald Park on the North Shore. The park is bordered by McDonald, Royal, Park, and King Streets. Please bring your own chair. President Alex will bring copies of our newest anthology, Kamloops Tapestry.

2020 anthology & market news

We had a good meeting September 11, 2019, with Alex speaking about editing, Eileen about fairytales, & Dana about our 2020 anthology. As she indicated, all submissions should be about Kamloops and area, the area being the Thompson Nicola Regional District [TNRD]. The deadline for submissions has been extended to the November meeting, November 13. The goal is to have our book out in time for the spring markets, held in various locations starting in April. Eileen Bell can provide full submissions guidelines, . 
Speaking of markets, we’re signed up to participate in the craft markets at the Sahali Mall on the following Saturdays: October 26, November 23, December 14. If you can help at our table on any of those dates, that would be great. The market runs from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM each time, but you could come for whatever length of time you wish. If you have book/s [written by yourself] you’d like to have offered for sale, please contact Alex McGilvery at . Thanks.

September 2019 IAG Meeting

The next IAG meeting will be Wednesday September 11 at 6:30 PM in the North Shore Community Centre on Cottonwood in North Kamloops.

Writing Workshops in Nakusp

Interesting news about the IAG’s own Alex McGilvery: He’ll be doing a workshop called Preparing Your Manuscript for Editing in Nakusp Sat. Sept. 14 from 9:00 AM to noon. If you have writing friends in that area, let them know. Here’s info about the workshop and him.

You’ve written a book. Congratulations, that’s more than a lot of people achieve, but now what? Your first draft isn’t ready for public consumption. First drafts never are. Alex McGilvery offers tricks and tips on how to polish that manuscript yourself to make it ready for editing by a professional. He covers working on structural issues, line issues, even tips on proofreading.

Alex McGilvery is an author and editor. He has 18 books in print and numerous short stories in anthologies including the upcoming Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide volume 6. He’s edited over 80 books, many of them Amazon bestsellers.

Alex’s workshop is the first in a series of four in Nakusp. Here’s info on the others:

-Workshop #2 – How to Get Published by Galadriel Watson November 23, 2019 Saturday 9-noon

-Workshop #3 – The Power of a Sentence by Leesa Dean February 8 2020

-Workshop #4 – Catching Readers Attention; Hooks and Bait by Elma Schemenauer March 28 2020

Thanks to a grant from Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) made possible with funding from Columbia Basin Trust, fee is: Only $10 per workshop maximum 20 participants per workshop. Workshops held at Selkirk College Campus 311 Broadway Street W, Nakusp, B.C. Please register with Corinne Tessier by emailing .

It was a privilege to hear Glenn Hilke & Linda Dumont speak at the Interior Authors Group Christmas social December 5, 2018.Big E street newspaper 001They told us about the work they do with homeless people, and about a newspaper being launched in Kamloops in January. It will be a street newspaper published as one proactive solution to issues of poverty and homelessness in Kamloops. Submissions of content for this newspaper are invited. The deadline for the January issue is December 20. Among kinds of content that will be considered are: news items, especially those of local interest/ photos/ art/ stories/ poems/ articles. Please email them to . You can also e-mail Glenn regarding other ways of getting involved in this worthy project.

Christmas Social/Dinner 2018

Our Christmas Social/Dinner 2018 will be held at Storms Restaurant in Kamloops, Wednesday December 5. $25 per person paid in advance. If interested, please contact Treasurer Sandra Hyslop, . No other meeting in December. First meeting of 2019 is Wednesday January 9 at 6:30 PM in the North Shore Community Centre on Cottonwood.

Critiquing at Meeting Nov 14, 2018

At the Interior Authors Group meeting this coming Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM, we’ll have a critiquing circle. Attendees are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of writing each. Each piece of writing can be up to 200 words. At the meeting we’ll silently read each other’s work and give written feedback.

Please bring your piece/s of writing to the meeting. Please write your name and a title on each piece. Our president, Shirley Dodding, with helpers, will put them on clipboards and organize them for the meeting. Thank you. This is a great opportunity. I look forward to it.

Meeting location: Willow Room, North Shore Community Centre on Cottonwood, North Kamloops.

Christmas Market & Crafts Fair Nov 3, 2018

A fun event for a good cause. Please come if you can. Kamloops authors will be there with an exciting bunch of books they’ve written.aaaaaposter

Kamloops Artisan Market discontinued–other marketing opportunities coming

Some IAG members’ books were offered for sale at the Kamloops Artisan Market at 115 Tranquille. Sadly this market has been discontinued. However, the IAG will participate in the market at Saint Andrews on the Square Saturday morning August 4–and hopefully at other markets in the future.