We’re a great bunch of people who just love to write, in all styles, forms, and genres. We’re that person you see in the corner of a coffee shop diving for their bag to find a pen and then scratching out a few sentences hurriedly on a napkin, because to lose that oh so great wording that’s running through the brain, would be a travesty!

What do we do? We meet monthly to support and lift each and to learn and grow in the craft of writing together. There is a workshop at each monthly meeting and guest speakers will come and knock our socks off every now and again too. Meetings are also a place to come and read and discuss your work for feedback. It’s such a boost talking about your current project with other fellow writers.

We’re poets, we’re song writers, we’re bloggers, we’re screenplay creators, we’re literary authors, romance authors, mystery authors and every other genre and sub-genre you can come up with. We’ve got some truly talented non-fiction writers, and even a few journal writers have been know to be at a meeting or two. We’re veteran authors, debut authors and a whole bunch of people who aspire to get that first book into print.

So if you want to learn more about the craft of writing, or about publishing and self-publishing, or if you want to rub shoulders with veteran authors who’ve made careers out of their skills with words, or even if you just want to improve your own story telling, come check us out!


Second Thursday of every month except July and August, 
6:30 pm at:

Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview)

1789 Primrose Court

Kamloops, BC V1S 0B7


Mission Statement: To bring together those persons interested in the art of writing and all its ancillary functions, including design, illustration, editing, publishing and marketing.

The IAG gratefully acknowledges our sponsors and supporters:

Sponsors: Kamloops Art Council, Ted Joslin

Supporters: Lorraine Fraser, Dennis Robertson, Ken Sommerfeld

The following message is from the Interior Authors Group vice-president, Shirley Dodding, and acting President, Hugh Burton. Please note the dates, which are different from our usual, for this November and December 2016 only.


November 09th  Wednesday has been confirmed for the next general meeting.  It will start at the usual time 6:30.  We will be in the Mountain View Room opposite the usual theatre room. We will phone the newspaper to change the date for this month only.

December 01st Thursday has been confirmed for the Christmas Social.  Dinner will be in the Theatre Room (our usual venue).  Doors open at 6:00 and dinner will be at 6:30.  The sit down dinner will start with a tossed salad followed by a main course of turkey, mashed potatoes , cranberries, carrots and Brussels sprouts and for dessert  pie, cake or squares.  The dinner will be $20.00 per person.  The residence however, requests we bring our own wine if we’d like some. There will be a maximum seating of 30 people so hopefully we will all be able to purchase our tickets early.  If possible please confirm your attendance by paying at the Wednesday Novemeber 9th meeting. This is important as we have to have the count to Chris, the Chef by November 21st.

If you are not able to attend the November 9th meeting but wish to attend the social please contact Elma or Barbara and arrange for payment.

NB:  if you have any allergies or special requirements please let the executive know when the tickets are purchased.

–    If you are not able to attend the November 9 meeting and wish to attend the social please contact Elma or Barbara and arrange for payment.

–    Just a reminder, if you haven’t paid your annual dues please remember to bring a cheque or cash to cover the $35.00.

–    Elma and Barbara’s e-mail addresses are: elmams@shaw.ca      and    bb0244@telus.net

 We look forward to two great events

Thank you, Shirley and Hugh


PS from member at large Elma Schemenauer:

-If you come to the November 9th meeting, you’re invited to bring up to 600 words of writing involving conflict. As time permits, you’ll have an opportunity to read it to other attendees for their feedback.

-Every Saturday from now until Christmas, the Interior Authors Group will have a table at the Sahali Mall Market [Visions Farmers Market] from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Sahali Mall. Please drop in if you can.


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  2. Ted Joslin

    I want to congratulate Tricia Saxby on doing such an excellent job with our Blog. I love the design and am impressed with the prompt updating.

  3. Rhonda Dextraze

    I think I would like to join!
    Rhonda Dextraze

  4. Hi Everyone.
    I am in the process of writing a book and am looking for people to apply to submit stories for the book. How can I go about getting the word out to your members about this? Do I simply do this on the blog? If anyone is interested in more info they can check it out at this link http://www.judybassoevents.ca/#!mastermind/c1zh7
    I am planning on coming to your meeting on Thursday too.
    Judy Basso

  5. Larry

    hi I am a local writer in Kamloops a I am looking for a professional editor. Phone#250 828 6121 e.mail larjon@shaw.ca Cheers Larry Grant

  6. I am not sure if I am a member now? Please let me know and the fee/check who I am to send it to. Thanks.
    Sterling Haynes

    • Hi Sterling, The new fee for membership is $35.00. We would appreciate it if you could acquire membership again, at one of our general meetings. We have one coming up on January 14th/ 2016 and always the second Thursday of the months that follow, excluding July and August. We meet at Chartwell RidgePointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops BC. If you would like to join another way you may send your check and please include your email address – to Interior Authors Group %Fern Hinse 28A, 1680 Westsyde Road Kamloops, BC, V2B 7B6. I do hope you heard about the two awards offered by the Schemenauers.


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