Board Members Elected for 2017-2018 Year

President Shirley Dodding

Vice President Blazej Szpakowicz

Secretary Jeff Bloom

Treasurer Sandra Hyslop

Member-at-large Barbara Balle, Greeter

Member-at-large Elma Schemenauer, Communications Director

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October 12, 2017 Elections & WORKING WITH CRITTERS & EDITORS

The next IAG meeting will be Thursday Oct 12, 2017, at 6:30 PM at Chartwell Ridgepointe in Pineview. We hope to come out of that Annual General Meeting with a full board for the Oct 2017-Oct 2018 year. Please consider whether you’d like to serve on the board, and how. Also note that yearly dues are now due, $35. Our vice president, Shirley Dodding, is preparing the agenda, which will be shared with you in the next few days.
 
The presentation at the meeting is WORKING WITH CRITTERS & EDITORS, presenter Elma Schemenauer. Here’s a description:
 
When it comes to revising your writing, relatives may not give impartial input because they’re too close to you. Working with good critters (critiquers) and/or editors may be more helpful. We’ll consider how to find such people and make the most of your interactions with them.
 
In preparation for this presentation, you’re invited to bring along 200 words [maximum] of your own writing. Bring it printed out on a long [legal-size] sheet of paper. On the sheet, write your name and the type of writing it is. Examples:
-Beginning of a story
-Beginning of an article
-Poem or part of a poem
-Blurb for a book cover
We’ll pass the sheets around for attendees to write their suggestions on. At the end of the presentation, you’ll receive your sheet with what will hopefully be several helpful suggestions for revision.
 
We welcome visitors but after you visit us twice, we respectfully request that you join the IAG [$35 a year].

Report on September 14, 2017 meeting

We had another good Interior Authors Group meeting last Thursday, September 14. Eleanor Hancock’s presentation focused on books she discovered in Scotland. It was entertaining and informative. Several other members spoke about authors and books they enjoy and recommend. New member Stephanie Marks spoke about her books and recent USA Today success. Info about her is at https://stephaniemarksbooks.com/ . Another new member, Blazej Szpakowicz, is a Kamloops-based editor you might consider if you’re looking for an editor. Info about him is at http://www.editors.ca/directory/blazej-szpakowicz-phd .

 

Our annual general meeting will be held Thursday, October 12. We hope to come out of that meeting with a full slate of board members: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two or three members at large. Some positions are currently held by people who will hopefully continue in them, but we do need more board members, especially a president. Please consider what you might do in this regard.

 

Membership dues are due for the 2017-2018 year, $35. We welcome new and returning members. You can pay at a meeting or mail your check to:

 

Treasurer, IAG

845 Gleneagles Drive

Kamloops, BC

V2E 1K2

 

If you write a check, please make it out to Interior Authors Group. For more info, please contact Sandra Hyslop at sandra_hyslop@hotmail.com .

 

Agenda for meeting September 14, 2017

Here from vice President Shirley Dodding is the agenda for the September 14, 2017 IAG meeting. Note there’ll be an opportunity, as time permits, to introduce book/s you’ve enjoyed [fiction or non-fiction].

 

                                                    I.A.G MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH 2017

MEETING START TIME:  6:30

CALL TO ORDER @ _____

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON JUNE 08TH 2017: (if anyone has them)

BUSINESS ARISING FROM SAID MEETING:

TREASURER’S REPORT:  Cheques have been deposited to the I.A.G. account from Bob and Elma Schemenauer in the amount of $200.00.  This donation to the I.A.G. will support its growth and educational activities.  Thank-you so much to Bob and Elma. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO RITA DOZLAW AND JAQUIE MCNEIL WHO WON THE SCHEMENAUER AWARDS FOR  WRITING THIS SPRING.  THEY WERE HONOURED WITH GIFTS THIS SUMMER AT THE SUMMER SOCIAL.   PLEASE CONGRATULATE THEM AND IF YOU GET A CHANCE READ MENTIONS OF THEIR WIN IN KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK, THE ECHO, THE CONNECTOR, AND THE ASHCROFT CACHE CREEK JOURNAL. MORE INFO AND THEIR WRITTEN WORK IS ON THE WEBSITE http://elmams.wixsite.com/awards .

NEW BUSINESS:

A FEW CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE REGARDING OUR VENUE HERE AT RIDGEPOINTE.  WE WILL NOW BE CHARGED $35.00 FOR THE ROOM EACH MONTH.  RIDGEPOINTE HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE AND VERY BUSY AS A RESIDENCE.  WE WILL ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN SNACKS AND BEVERAGES. THE MEETING ROOM WILL SUPPLY HOT WATER FOR OUR PERSONAL PACKETS OF HOT CHOCOLATE OR TEA.  WE WILL NOW BRING FORTH DISCUSSION ON HOW WE WILL DEAL WITH SNACKS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.  DO WE SIGN UP INDIVIDUALLY OR DO WE FORM GROUPS TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER?

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE SAHALI MALL VISIONS MARKET ON SATURDAYS FROM THE END OF OCTOBER TO JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS. DO WE WISH TO DO THIS AGAIN? IT COSTS ABOUT $15.00 PER SATURDAY, AND WE ALWAYS END UP MAKING SOME MONEY FOR THE IAG. WE SELL IAG-PUBLISHED BOOKS AND TALK TO PASSERSBY ABOUT THE IAG. IAG MEMBERS WHO WORK IN THE BOOTH MAY ALSO SELL THEIR OWN [SELF-AUTHORED] BOOKS WHILE THEY ARE THERE.

AT A SMALL GATHERING WE WERE VERY GRATEFUL FOR SANDRA HYSLOP WHO STEPPED FORWARD TO TAKE ON THE TREASURER’S POSITION.  WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A LONG TIME AND THANK YOU SO MUCH SANDRA.  WE WILL CELEBRATE.  IN OCTOBER WE WILL HAVE AN ELECTION FOR A PRESIDENT AND OTHER NEEDED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.  PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND FOR THE NEXT MEETING.

SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IF YOU ARE WILLING TO PRESENT TOPICS ON ANY ASPECT Of WRITING.  ELMA AND SHIRLEY HAVE NAMES OF PRESENTERS WHO ARE ALSO WILLING TO PRESENT TO OUR AUTHORS GROUP IN THE MONTHS TO COME.

DITTY BY OUR DITTY MASTER, DENNIS ROBERTSON, IF AVAILABLE.

PRESENTATION:

TONIGHT WE ARE HONOURED TO HAVE ONE OF OUR VERY OWN – ELEANOR HANCOCK WHO WILL PRESENT AFTER THE BREAK.  ELEANOR SPENT THE SUMMER IN SCOTLAND AND GERMANY.  SHE WILL PRESENT AUTHORS OF BOOKS IN SCOTLAND THAT GAVE HER SUCH INSPIRATION  & JOY WHILE ON HOLIDAY. OTHERS WILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO GIVE TALKS ON BOOKS THAT HAVE INSPIRED THEM.

         —–BREAK—–                                       7:15 TO 7:30                                   —–BREAK—–

GUEST SPEAKER:  ELEANOR HANCOCK

                                 OTHERS WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE A SMALL BOOK TALK.

Don’t forget next month we start taking membership fees for the year- $35.00.

Meeting Adjourned @ _____

 

IAG Meeting Sept 14, 2017

Next Interior Authors Group meeting is Thursday September 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Chartwell Ridgepointe. Member Eleanor Hancock will give a presentation on books she discovered during her recent European holiday. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a favourite book or books. As time permits they’ll have an opportunity to show them to the group and say a few words about them. Books can be either fiction or nonfiction. Vice President Shirley Dodding is preparing an agenda that will include the above as well as business to be discussed at the meeting.

IAGers McNeil & Dozlaw in The Connector

Kamloops writer and Interior Authors Group member Rita Joan Dozlaw is on page 29 of The Connector for September 2017, which came out today. So is Savona writer and Interior Authors Group member Jacquie McNeil. Both are winners of 2017 Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards.Awards 2017 The Connector Sept 20170821_141401.jpg

IAG member Rita Dozlaw in The Echo

Nice to see this in The Echo, one of our community newspapers here in Kamloops. Congrats, Rita. Keep writing.promo The Echo

Article about award-winner Jacquie McNeil

This article about IAG member Jacquie McNeil appeared in The Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal August 15, 2017. Congratulations, Jacquie!
 
Local author wins writing award
 
Jacquie McNeil of Savona won the award for “Best Writing With a Kamloops and Area Theme” in this year’s Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards, sponsored by the Interior Authors Group (IAG).
 
McNeil’s award-winning poem “Ghosts” was inspired by the history of Walhachin, the “ghost town” between Ashcroft and Savona that had its heyday from 1909 to 1914.
 
Both McNeil and Rita Joan Dozlaw of Kamloops (who won in the category “Writing With a Nature Theme”) received a cash prize, with accompanying donations to the Interior Authors Group to support its growth and educational activities.
 
 

IAG & winning authors in the newspaper

In Kamloops This Week: the Interior Authors Group & local award-winners Jacquie McNeil & Rita Dozlaw https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/local-writers-win-awards/ . Congrats.

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 .