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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.

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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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