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.

Coming: Free IAG table at St. Andrews on the Square Aug. 4, 2018

Farmers Market in Saint Andrews on the Square. Photo by Elma SchemenauerInterior Authors Group table. Photo by Elma SchemenauerI asked about the IAG having a table at the Countdown to Christmas market at St. Andrews on the Square [Seymour & 2nd Avenue]. Unfortunately it’s all booked up.
However, St. Andrews on the Square booked us a FREE table for Saturday August 4. It’s outdoors and they supply the physical table. I asked if we could bring our tent, but they said the space is only 8 feet, not wide enough. However, they said tents aren’t needed since the tables are under the trees. Apparently every suitable organization is allowed one free table per summer. Setup is at 8:15 and the market goes till 12 noon.
I plan to be there. If you’d like to help at the table and/or offer your books for sale there, please let me know. I’ll bring IAG brochures, an IAG banner, & IAG anthologies. On Saturdays there’s free parking at Seymour Parking on Seymour between 2nd & 3rd Avenue. Note that Seymour and 3rd are one-way streets.
[Pictures taken at the Kamloops Farmers Market at St. Andrews last winter.]

Books for sale at Kamloops Artisan Market

Author table at Kamloops Artisan Market today. Alex McGilvery & T.D. Roth IAG Kamloops Artisan Market 2 May 25, 2018putting up a tent. The market is at the Wilson Street House, 115 Tranquille this spring & summer from 3 to 7 every Friday. Drop in! If you’d like to sell books there, contact Alex McGilvery at .

Surrey International Writers’ Conference 2018 registration opens

The time is coming! In just TWO WEEKS, #SiWC18 [Surrey International Writers’ Conference 2018] registration opens. Have you marked your calendars and set your reminders? Wednesday, June 6 at NOON Pacific, we open the doors at
Last year, we were 50% sold out in the first 24 hours. Please plan to register early so you won’t be disappointed.
You’ll now find all sorts of helpful information up on our site. Presenter bios are there, as are master class and workshop schedules. When I was uploading the workshop information, I kept wishing I could attend absolutely everything, so I hope you’ll be just as excited when you check it out. I can’t wait! We’ve got workshops on writing craft and business, screenwriting, poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and more.
It’s been a busy spring here at SiWC Central. As well as planning this year’s conference, we took a bit of time out for SiWC at Sea. A great time was had by all. Much writing and learning got done, and attendees got to fill the well in the sunshine. The overwhelming response was that we must do it again. And you know, we do take attendee suggestions to heart… stay tuned for that possibility in the future! You can see some of the pictures from our adventure on our Facebook page here: Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC)
But first, #SiWC18 is coming up fast, and we hope to see all of you there.
A few registration tips and answers to registration FAQs:
· You must register for individual master classes and your registration package, but not individual workshops. You’re welcome to attend any session that interests you on the day(s) for which you’re registered.
· If you haven’t already booked the hotel, do it soon! It’s almost sold out for some of our nights already. You can book on our site on the venue page or directly with the hotel. Once the Sheraton is sold out, the closest alternative hotel, a couple of blocks down, is the Sandman Suites.
· Our agents and editors all take pitch appointments, and most of the rest of our presenter roster takes blue pencil.
· If you plan to pitch, read the bios on our site, but also check out agent and publisher websites to find the best fits for you. Make a list of a few in case your first choice’s appointments are full when you register.
· You may think you have a dream agent, but much like the dream date, “perfect on paper” doesn’t mean anything unless their way of working matches yours and they love your work. Be open to new possibilities!
· You can sign up for one pitch and one blue pencil appointment at the time of registration, if you want to use them. If pitching and getting feedback are your priority, there will be information in the packet when you arrive at the conference about when and where you can line up for additional appointments on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability. We never charge for appointments at SiWC.
As always, we have ad space available in our conference brochure. If you’d like to have your business or your book featured there, please contact Crystal at
Are you a local writer hoping to get a space at our public book signing on the Saturday night of SiWC? We now have a form to get you added to the waiting list. You can find that here:
Looking forward to seeing you in October. In the meantime, we’re here for questions anytime. You can email our administrator Jen for registration-related issues at, and I’m always here to help with other questions, too, at
More soon!
Kathy Chung
SiWC Conference Coordinator

Coming April 28 to North Kamloops Library: Canadian history, mystery, & adventure. It would be great to see you there.

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Poetry & short story opportunity

Icelandic Festival of Manitoba invites submissions of poetry and short stories. You don’t need to be of Icelandic descent to submit.

Describing your book in a query letter to a publisher

How do you describe your book if you’re writing to a publisher about possibly publishing it? Good article here: . Author Sylvia Taylor will speak about building better query letters at the Okanagan Valley Writers Festival. It happens April 6-8 in Penticton, BC. More info at . I [Elma Schemenauer] will speak at the same Festival. It would be great to see you there.


Schemenauer Writing Awards: Deadline March 21, 2018

The Spring Equinox is fast approaching. So is the March 21 deadline for the 2018 Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards. Details below. For more info and to read the winning entries from 2017 and 2016, please visit. .


  1. Writing with a Kamloops Theme
  2. Writing Showing an Appreciation of Nature


Each award will be issued annually to a member in good standing of the Interior Authors Group based in Kamloops, BC. There is no fee to enter. To join the Interior Authors Group, please visit . Or mail a check for $35 (made out to Interior Authors Group) to 845 Gleneagles Drive, Kamloops, BC, V2E 1K2. Please include your contact information including e-mail address if you have one. You will receive a receipt.


– a certificate and a press release issued to local media announcing the winner

– a cash award of $200 to the recipient

– a cash award of $100 to the Interior Authors Group to support the growth and educational activities of the IAG


– sent before midnight 21 March 2017

– a short story, poem, article, essay, or other form of writing where an understanding and appreciation of the category’s topic is clearly incorporated and expressed (EITHER Kamloops-Themed or Nature-Themed). Ideologically driven and advocacy messages will not be considered.

– an original work that is unpublished in print or digital form

– a different work for each category (maximum one submission per author per category)

– clearly identified–include at top of  first page of each submission the title, author’s name, and email address or telephone number

-accompanied by a picture of yourself if possible (to be sent with the press release if you win)

– submitted electronically in a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format with EITHER the words Award Kamloops or the words Award Nature in the subject line



The next award winners will be announced at the summer social of the IAG in 2018. Names of those making submissions will not be announced and the authors will retain full rights to their works. No author will be able to win more than one award in one calendar year. If no submission is felt to meet the requirements, the award will not be issued in a given year.

These awards are privately established and awarded by Dr. Robert & Elma Schemenauer. They are not created by the Interior Authors Group of Kamloops. However, they are exclusively for members of the IAG and are given to help support and recognize writers in Kamloops and area.