Coming Up Next
-February 8, 2018 Professor Andrew Chesham, instructor and administrator in the Creative Writing Program at Simon Fraser University, will speak about publishing.
-March 8, 2018 Grade seven student Samantha Hughes will speak about point of view in writing. IAG member Eileen Bell will speak about her recently published book POEMS.
-April 12, 2018 IAG member Dr. Leonard Hutt will speak about visioning and his recently published book FACES OF RESPECT.
NEXT MEETING & AN EXCITING WRITING OPPORTUNITY
Next IAG meeting is January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Chartwell Ridgepointe, Kamloops. In the meantime, here’s something to consider:
The Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Writing Awards are an exciting opportunity for writers.
THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES OF AWARDS
- Writing with a Kamloops Theme
- Writing Showing an Appreciation of Nature
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER
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 https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/join/ . 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.
AN AWARD WILL CONSIST OF
– 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
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE
– 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– an original work that is unpublished in print or digital form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
E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS TO firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANTING OF THE AWARD
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.
For more information about the Interior Authors Group, please visit: https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/about/
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.
The Awards website is http://elmams.wixsite.com/awards . You can read the winning entries from previous years there.
A SMORGASBORD OF LOCAL LITERARY DELIGHTS
A smorgasbord of local literary delights is on the Interior Authors Group’s table at the market in Saint Andrews on the Square [2nd Ave & Seymour, Kamloops] every Wednesday from now until Christmas, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Here are a few “crumbs” from the smorg.
In the book BLACK AND WHITE:
“When I got into the chair, the dentist said, I can’t freeze your tooth because it’s abscessed. But, he said, most trappers and prospectors are tough.” From Yukon Wanderlust, 1930s & 1940s adventures by Don Barz
“Christmas had some sadness in it. It was written on everyone’s face. Nevertheless, everybody pretended to be happy and they sang carols, as the candles were burning brightly….”
From “Magic of the Tree” by Barbara Ballé
In the book KALEIDOSCOPE:
“Jackie, the tortoise-shell cat with a kaleidoscope of white, gold, red, brown and black fur, yet with the personality of a serial killer, unknowingly snuck me (a mouse) into the house.” From “The Letter” by Coco Aders-Weremczuk
In the book AWAY FROM HOME:
“The bow of the Patris pointed across the Indian Ocean towards the Northern Hemisphere—and exotic experiences for these two young Aussie travelers.”
From Gentle Journey: A Memoir by Kay Knox
Travel writer/photographer Murphy Shewchuk will speak at the IAG meeting Thursday November 09. Here’s the agenda, thanks to President Shirley Dodding. Hope to see you there.
I.A.G. GENERAL MEETING FOR NOVEMBER 09TH 2017
MEETING START TIME: 6:30
CALL TO ORDER @ _____
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: OCTOBER 12TH 2017
BUSINESS ARISING FROM SAID MEETING:
NEW BUSINESS: KAMLOOPS REGIONAL FARMER’S MARKET FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER: ELMA
COUNT NEEDED FOR DEC. 07TH SOCIAL @ STORMS: SHIRLEY & ELMA
DISCUSSION OF RECYCLED GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS SOCIAL.
REMEMBRANCE DAY DITTY: READ BY DENNIS (OR SHIRLEY) IF DENNIS ABSENT
——- BREAK 7:15 – 7:30 —— BREAK
OUR GUEST SPEAKER TONIGHT IS MURPHY SHEWCHUK. THE TOPIC IS ILLUSTRATING
YOUR NON-FICTION TO HELP IT SELL. MURPHY WROTE A WEEKLY OUTDOOR SCENE
COLUMN FOR THE KAMLOOPS SENTINEL. HE MOVED TO FEATURES IN B.C. OUTDOORS
MAGAZINE. MORE THAN 400 OF HIS MAGAZINE ARTICLES AND 2000 OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS
HAVE APPEARED IN NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS. HE HAS ALSO WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED
13 BOOKS. IN ADDITION TO HIS LIFE-LONG INTEREST IN WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND
EXPLORING THE MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN CANADA MURPHY HAS BEEN A WORKSHOP
SPEAKER AT WRITER’S CONFERENCES ACROSS CANADA AND IN THE U.S.A. HE HAS RECEIVED
MANY AWARDS INCLUDING THE WINNER OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA HERITAGE AWARD.
HE LIVES IN MERRITT WITH HIS WIFE KATHARINE AND SERVES ON THE NICOLA VALLEY
MUSEUM ARCHIVES ASSOCIATION AND IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF TRAILS B.C.
THERE WILL BE A TABLE SET UP FOR BOOK PURCHASES. IF INTERESTED PLEASE BRING CASH.
Good news! Travel writer/photographer Murphy Shewchuk has agreed to speak at the Interior Authors Group meeting November 9 at 6:30 PM at Chartwell Ridgepointe. His topic: Illustrating your non-fiction to help it sell. The advantages of being a writer AND photographer
Here’s some information about him and his work. Hope to see you there! [Those books of his look like they would make good Christmas gifts.]
Murphy Shewchuk has been writing and illustrating articles and books since the mid-1960s. He first started with technical articles for Canadian Electron magazine. In 1971, his work took him to Kamloops, BC, where he began a weekly Outdoor Scene column for the Kamloops Sentinel. From the column, he moved to features in BC Outdoors magazine and many other magazines.
More than 400 of his magazine articles and 2000 of his photographs have appeared in such publications as Adventure Travel, BC Outdoors, Camping Canada, Canadian Geographic, Field & Stream, MotorHome, Photo Life, Skyword, Western Living, and Westworld.
He has also written and illustrated 13 other books including: Exploring Kamloops Country; Fur, Gold & Opals; Exploring the Nicola Valley; Cariboo; The Craigmont Story; Backroads Explorer Vol 1: Thompson-Cariboo; Backroads Explorer Vol 2: Similkameen & South Okanagan; Okanagan Country: An Outdoor Recreation Guide; Coquihalla Country: A Guide to BC’s North Cascade Mountains and Nicola Valley; Okanagan Trips & Trails: Coquihalla Trips & Trails and Cariboo Trips & Trails.
In addition to his life-long interest in writing, photography and exploring the mountains of western Canada, Murphy has been a workshop speaker at writer’s conferences across Canada and in the U.S.A. His writing and photography has received awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the Macmillan Bloedel newspaper journalism competitions. In 1989, he was given the Allan Sangster Award for Outstanding Service to the Canadian Authors Association. In 2008, Murphy Shewchuk was selected as the winner of the British Columbia Heritage Award.
Shewchuk now lives in Merritt, BC with his wife Katharine. He currently serves on the board of the Nicola Valley Museum Archives Association and is also an active member of Trails BC, the organization involved with the Trans Canada Trail in British Columbia.
All IAG General Meetings are held at
Chartwell Ridgepointe (Pineview)
1789 Primrose Court
Kamloops, BC V1S 0B7
Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of the month @ 6:30 pm (except for July and August).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: GO WEST (UPHILL) ON HUGH ALLEN. TURN LEFT ON COPPERHEAD, LEFT ON AVENS WAY, & LEFT ON PRIMROSE.