Coming Up Next

                       May 10th 2018 Interior Author’s Group General Meeting

 

6:30   Presentation by one of our very own members Barbara Balle

Infatuation with a sewing machine, tips on re-using, recycling clothes

through clever alterations.

7:00    Critiquing Circle:  Members to critique 200 word passages. Thank-you to

members who brought work for critiquing purposes.  We will be gracious.

 

7:30     *****                            Break Time                *****

 

7:45    Business Meeting:

Dennis Ditty

Call to Order @ _____

Minutes of previous meeting: April 12th

Business arising from said meeting

Treasurer’s report:  Sandra Hyslop

Old Business:    Time needed for summer social July 20th & list for pot luck

New Business:  Tables and table help for Kamloops Artisan Market –

Alex McGilvery to share summer book selling idea

Meeting Adjourned @ _____

If time, continuation of critiquing circle.

 

Next Meeting: June 14th  Speaker: Ruth Kozak on Developing Characters & Setting

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MAY 10, 2018 MEETING: SEWING TIPS & CRITIQUE CIRCLE
I was sorry to miss the April IAG meeting including Dr. Leonard Hutt’s presentation on visioning, but I hear good things about it. Thanks, Len.

At the May 10 meeting, IAG member Barbara Balle will give a presentation titled INFATUATION WITH A SEWING MACHINE. She’ll include tips on reusing/recycling clothes through clever alterations.

 

Also at the May 10 meeting, we’ll have a critiquing circle. Attendees are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of writing up to 200 words each. At the meeting we’ll read each other’s work and give feedback anonymously. Please e-mail your piece/s of writing to me at elmams@shaw.ca by midnight Tuesday May 8. Please write a title on each piece but not your name. I’ll print them out and give them to our president, Shirley Dodding, who will put them on clipboards and organize them for the meeting. Thank you.

 

I.A.G. GENERAL MEETING APRIL 12TH 2018

6:30 -7:30  PRESENTER:  DR. LEONARD HUTT

 

  1. LEONARD TO PRESENT ON ‘VISIONING’ AND

TO DISCUSS HIS BOOK:  FACES OF RESPECT

 

7:30 – 7:45                         *****          BREAK TIME          *****

IN HONOUR OF OUR PRESENTER WE WILL HAVE INTERNATIONAL

COFFEE AND MUFFINS

 

7:45 – 8:30    BUSINESS MEETING:

DENNIS DITTY

CALL TO ORDER @ ______

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: MARCH 08TH

BUSINESS ARISING FROM SAID MEETING

TREASURER’S REPORT:  SANDRA HYSLOP

OLD BUSINESS:  NONE

NEW BUSINESS:  CRITIQUE CIRCLES IN MAY

TIME AND PLACE FOR SUMMER SOCIAL

 

MEETING ADJOURNED: _____

 

NEXT MONTH:  BARBARA BALLE:  INFATUATION WITH A SEWING MACHINE

 

 

POINT OF VIEW & POETRY COMING AT MARCH 8 MEETING

The next Interior Authors Group meeting is Thursday March 8, 2018, at 6:30 PM. We look forward to our two presenters. Samantha Hughes will speak about point of view in writing—from her vantage point as a Grade 7 student who loves writing. IAG member Eileen Bell will speak about her recently published book Poems.

 

The location of the meeting is Chartwell Ridgepointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops. Here are driving directions: DRIVING DIRECTIONS: GO WEST (UPHILL) ON HUGH ALLEN. TURN LEFT ON COPPERHEAD, LEFT ON AVENS WAY, & LEFT ON PRIMROSE.

 

 

 

PUBLISHING PRO SPEAKING FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Are you interested in getting published? Here’s an event for you. Publishing professional Andrew Chesham​ will speak at the Interior Authors Group meeting Thursday, February 8 at 6:30 PM.

Andrew is an instructor and administrator in the Creative Writing Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies. He teaches publishing, book production and book history. He has worked in the publishing industry since 2006, as a publisher, production manager, marketer, editor, designer, etc.

The meeting is at Chartwell Ridgepointe, 1789 Primrose Court, Kamloops, BC, V1S 0B7. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: GO WEST (UPHILL) ON HUGH ALLEN. TURN LEFT ON COPPERHEAD, LEFT ON AVENS WAY, & LEFT ON PRIMROSE. Hope to see you there.

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-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

  1. Writing with a Kamloops Theme
  2. 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 fogquest@shaw.ca

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/

http://tinyurl.com/p7eugwq

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

 

 

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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

By

Murphy Shewchuk

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

Murphy ShewchukMurphy 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 CountryFur, Gold & Opals; Exploring the Nicola ValleyCariboo;  The Craigmont StoryBackroads 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.

  • ••

 

 

 

Meeting November 9, 2017
The next IAG meeting will be Thursday Nov 9, 2017, at 6:30 PM at Chartwell Ridgepointe in Pineview. More information to come.
Meeting October 12, 2017
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].

 

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.

 

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14 Comments

  1. Sylvia

    Love the new website!

  2. Kay Knox

    I am sorry that I am unable to attend the Christmas gathering.

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing the requirements for submissions to the upcoming Collected Works.

  4. Dana Ramstedt

    Our Valentine Dinner is a great way for families to get together.
    See you all there.
    Dana Ramstedt

  5. Dana Ramstedt

    I’m looking forward to an inspiring new year. It will be great to see you all again on the Thursday general meeting.
    Dana Ramstedt
    President

  6. It was nice to meet some of you at the Kamloops Writer’s Fair. I am looking forward to meeting you all. The books are terrific!
    Fern Hinse
    New Member

  7. Love your website. Wish I could be there but too far to walk.
    Ben

  8. Eleanor Hancock

    Finally looking at the website. Wow !!

  9. I’m sorry I didn’t show up — I RSVP-ed at the last meeting. I’ve been sick a while, & didn’t want to pass it on.

    Also, I still haven’t managed to pay the membership fee. I’d like to get in touch with someone about that.

  10. Award-winning author Richard Wagamese, 2012 Recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media and Communications, and who has published 12 titles with major Canadian publishers, is offering a 5 day live-in writers retreat at his home at Paul Lake in June, July and August. Retreat material was taught at the University of Victoria January – April 2011 and last year’s retreats were resounding successes. $1500 all inclusive, includes boating, hiking, all meals, treats, story fires and one-on-one time with a working professional writer. Email Richard at richardwagamese@gmail.com for details and information.

  11. Ted Joslin

    Congratulations to everyone for keeping the IAG chugging along so nicely. On the Collected Works 2012, A little more room in the gutter please. Ted Joslin

  12. Dana Ramstedt

    November brings in a whole new year with surprises and successes ahead of us. Our 2012/2013 Board wishes you all well. May you have many great ideas and even some that are recorded. Yesterday is our past, and how will anyone know if we forget to record it.
    I will miss the meeting in November but look forward to getting together in December at the Social.
    Until then, keep writing, dreaming and making those wishes come true.
    Dana Ramstedt, President, The Interior Authors Group

  13. Hi, if this group is still active I would love to attend the next meeting as I’ve just moved to Kamloops, Erin

    • Hi Erin, You met about half of the members at Chartwell RidgePoint at the Interior Author’s Group – Christmas Social. Welcome! We would love it if you would do a presentation for us one day. We look forward to meeting you again on January 8th 2015 at 6;30 at the Kamloops Art Gallery – Tricia Selmer Room at 465 Victoria. If you want to go a bit early get in touch with me and I will bring you with me. I would love to exchange thoughts about both of our books.
      Fern Hinse – President – Interior Authors Group

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