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 EXHILERATING PRESENTATION ON HOOKS AND BAITS IN

WRITING.  ELMA OFFERED AN EXTENSIVE HANDOUT WITH MANY EXAMPLES TO USE IN HOOKING A READER.  IN

THE HAND OUT 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.

IAG General Meeting September 8, 2016

Acting president Hugh Burton led a presentation on prologues. Several attendees read their previously-written prologues, and the group provided helpful feedback. On October 13 we’ll hold our Annual General Meeting, at which time a new board will be elected. A fun writing activity is also being planning for this meeting.

IAG Summer Social July 9, 2016

We enjoyed a delicious barbecue at our usual meeting place, Chartwell Ridgepointe in Pineview, Kamloops. Prizes were presented to the winners of the Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards. Janet Miller’s poem “Kamloops” won the award for Writing with a Kamloops Theme. Virginia Laveau’s essay “Reflections of a Mule Deer” won the award for Writing Showing an Appreciation of Nature. For more  information about the awards, please visit http://elmams.wix.com/awards .

IAG General Meeting June 9, 2016

The June IAG general meeting began at 6:30 PM June 9, 2016 at Chartwell Ridgepointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops. Janet Miller, a longstanding member of the IAG and current treasurer, spoke about what she learned while attending the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival May 20-22. This exciting event, organized by the Shuswap Association of Writers (SAW), is held once a year in Salmon Arm, BC. Later, longstanding member and current blogmaster Danielle Mathieson Pederson spoke about Imagination and how to utilize and improve it with exercises and expanding thought. Three main things she spoke of were tapping into your passions, tapping into your childhood and that Imagination is a skill to be harnessed and practiced.

IAG General Meeting May 12, 2016

The May IAG general meeting began at 6:30 PM May 12, 2016 at Chartwell Ridgepointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops. Kay Knox, a longstanding member of the IAG, spoke on the topic — What’s to Love About Being a Writer? She threaded together three disparate topics:

  1. Renewing a lovely connection in Japan.
  2. What does the Wells Gray Writers’ Circle like to do?
  3. Questions you’ll love to answer.

IAG General Meeting April 14, 2016

The April IAG General Meeting began at 6:30 PM April 14, 2016 at Chartwell Ridgepointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops. Bill Davies read an excerpt from his manuscript “Yeah, I Know“, about his experiences as a cowboy. The main presenter of the evening was Fern Hinse. She spoke on the topic — Magical Writer’s Wheel, illustrating her points with charts and other visuals.

IAG General Meeting March 10/2016

The IAG general meeting begins at 6:30 PM at Chartwell RidgePointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops.

We have a wonderful list of leading information to go through, including the Schemenaur Awards that must have members only apply.  Our very intelligent presenter on this date is Elma Schemenauer whose presentation is on WRITING FLAWS: FIND ‘EM AND FIX ‘EM.

How can authors find and fix flaws in their handling of story settings?  How can they recofnize and repair string of beads plotting, and overactive plotting?  What can authors do about characters who suffer from Roget’s disease, fake dialogue, conuterfeit emotions, or Brenda Star dialogue?

Elma will take command of our writing vices and set us straight.

Guests are welcome to attend the meetings.  Come and meet the Interior Authors Group.