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.

Schemenauer Awards!!

With the Shemenauer Awards out there http://elmams.wix.com/awards, excitement is in the air!  The suspense is generated!  Who will win one of the two awards offered by Elma and Bob?  Others and myself included have been writing incessantly.  This meeting, February 11, could reveal just who your competition is!  Let us get on with it — Write Away!

Join us at THE INTERIOR AUTHORS GROUP.  Pre-Valentine Fun!

General Meeting at Chartwell RidgePointe, 1789 Primrose Ct. Kamloops (6:30 pm)

January 14th 2016 IAG Gen. Mtg.

Interior Authors’ Group                                                        January 14, 2016

General Meeting at 6:30 pm at Chartwell Ridgepointe 1789 Primrose Ct. Kamloops, BC

Mission Statement:  To bring together those persons interested in the art of writing, and all its ancillary functions                                                     including editing, design, illustrating, publishing and promoting (also e-book formatting.)

  • Guests: _____ Members:______Welcome to the Beginning of an Exciting New Year. 


  1. This evening we are planning on entertaining each other by having an open reading session for guests or members that wants to show case what they are presently working on. We will speak about this later.
  2. First, I wish to thank the members who kindly paid forward for Black & White An Anthology. It arrived in paperback, just in time for the last of the season sales of the Farmer’s Market. Once these books are sold, we will have generated enough funds to print another especially since, this TIME we know the ropes and it will be so much easier. Very good cost pricing has been discovered for the next book we write.
  3. Like in our Mission Statement: – writing, editing, designing, illustrating, publishing, printing and now promoting our e-book and paperback copies has been fantastic and fun-filled with stepping-stones for us to be the best author’s group in the Interior of BC.
  4. Especially, with the Schemenauer awards on the table. Please see the Guidelines on Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer’s website http://elmams.wix.com/awards . We would love to meet new published and unpublished writers. As provided in Number 3: We as a group become the auxiliary aid for the many who join our Interior Authors Group.
  5. We have been accepted to promote ourselves in an Author’s Showcase for the Kamloops Adult Learning Society This winter/spring season. We have 9 members presenting readings and have their own books for sale as well as our IAG books for sale at every reading. There are also plans for our writing entertainment with KALS in the upcoming seasons. See the KALS information at www.kals.ca and ask friends and relatives to register for these readings and support the KALS and the IAG. We work hard as volunteer community members.
  6. We are also preparing CBC Radio interviews with Shelley Gordon in terms of KALS. I love these amazing opportunities.
  7. We must not forget to ready our Grant Application for the Kamloops Art Council early. Please assist if you can.
  8. Thank you goes to those participating assistants with Elma at the Visions Farmers Market. Publicity for our paperback copies, Collected Works, Blue River Dark Waters, Away From Home, Kaleidoscope and Black and White, was so very helpful. Engaging actively with passersby was the onus of that marketing assembly and it worked! We sold more books than we ever have albeit with a lowered price.
  9. I hope some of you are prepared to entertain us this evening after the break. Please entertain the guests and the group by doing a reading session and Show Case some of what you are presently working on. It can be prose, poetry or a presentation of your personal profile. If you wish to PRESENT a short 5 minute or so, depending on how many wish to introduction their writing expertise, that would be terrific.
  10. Please fill out the paper provided to assist the president with ordering these presentations. Do not begin filling it out or passing it on, while our Ditty Master speaks.
  11. Jeff Bloom our amazing secretary introduced Dennis in our General Meeting Notes: He wrote: Another fine dittie by the Master of Dittidom:
  12. The Dittie Master: Over the river, but under the bridge, here comes The Master with candy from his fridge.Thanks Jeff for this unique introduction.  Now welcome our Super Ditty-Master, Dennis Robertson.
  13. Break – Please help yourselves to the tea, coffee, water and snacks provided.
  14. May I please have the paper we passed around. May I request the readers at random.
  15. Thank you all for coming and thank you for your thoughtful participation.

Schemenauer Awards!!

Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Announce

2 AWARDS to support local authors and the Kamloops-based

Interior Authors Group.

AWARD 1     writing with a Kamloops theme

AWARD 2     writing showing an appreciation of nature

Submit a previously unpublished story, poem, or other work for a chance to win:


No charge to enter but contestants must be IAG members ($35 annual fee).

More details: 250 852 1201, Awards Site http://elmams.wix.com/awards,

IAG Blog https://interiorauthorsgroup.wordpress.com/about/

New Black and White An Anthology has arrived in a lovely print!

New Black and White An Anthology has arrived! It is a fine book filled to the brim with excellent writing and is for sale at $15.00 each on Saturday, December 19th at the Farmer’s Market in Sahali Center Mall!  The paid forward books will be held until they are picked up.  There are only about 40 books left for sale, out of the 100 we printed.  So do not miss out!  Hope to see you at the market between 10:00 and 2:00. 

Interior Authors Group Meeting November 12, 2015

Interior Authors’ Group

November 12, 2015

General Meeting at 6:30 pm Chartwell Ridgepoint,

1789 Primrose Ct. Kamloops, BC

Mission Statement:  To bring together those persons interested in the art of writing, and all its ancillary functions including editing, design, illustrating, publishing and promoting (also e-book formatting.)

  • Welcome to the beginning of an exciting new year.
  • Guests are welcome to come and join in on the fun!
  • New members are also welcome.
  1.  These are the Board Members of Interior Authors Group:   Secretary – Jeff Bloom;  Blog Master – Member at Large – Danielle Petersen;  Welcoming Greeter – Barbara Balle;  Ditty Master Poet Laureate – Dennis Robertson;  Vision’s Farmers Market – Member at Large – Elma Schemenauer;   Treasurer – Janet Miller;   Vice President – Hugh Burton; and President – Fern Hinse
  2. In order to get the hard copies of BLACK AND WHITE: AN ANTHOLOGY set for publishing, we, the submitters must also sign an agreement for publication of those ‘hard copies’. This new book will be copyrighted again by the publisher. Please sign both copies.  Keep one for yourself and  leave the other copy with the Board Member in charge.
  3. We do have a very interesting conflict to do with paying it forward. We need to pay it forward for ourselves (and as Christmas Gifts).  The IslandBlue PRINTORIUM BOOKWORKS has offered a ballpark quote: $650.00 for 100 books.  One delightful member has kindly paid forward $225.00. To put in an order for a box of 100 books, we must pay half of the $650.00. On top of the $250.00, we require another $100.00 just to put in our order for the hard copies and another $325.00 before our 100 new books can be sent to us – making our total owing to be $425.00. It doesn’t look so bad especially if each subscriber (13) of us bought a Christmas Present for ourselves that would take the total down $195.00 and we would still owe $230.00. However, if we each paid forward for 2 books instead of just one for ourselves, all there would be left to pay is $35.00. All we would need is two or three more book sales from other members and our order for Christmas would be all wrapped up!  Can you see how beneficial this would be for us writers?   In terms of ‘operating our group’ our special submissions and work will come to fruition when we sell the last 45 or so books – especially because – we will have generated enough funds to print another book in 2016!  (45 x $15.00 = $675.00).
  4. Our Christmas Social date has changed. The date has changed from the second Thursday (just this once) to December 3, 2015.  We are celebrating one week early for a good cause. We are having our Christmas Social  here at Chartwell RidgePointe at 1789 Primrose Court. Yes, we will begin the celebrations early, but so much better to ring in a New Year with a Flare and be prepared to show the writing world our now envious skills.
  5. A very special thank you goes out to our Treasurer who is providing all of the gifts for the social including door prizes and gifts for special members! She is a very welcome member of our group.  She is not playing Santa Claus but must be applauded as such because what would Christmas be without the gifts of presence?
  6. Another special thank-you goes out to another member, who provided lamination for our posters and in general she is as well our publicity director as well as Visions Farmers Market liaison. She has put together a publicity-debut referring our new e-book and hard copy of Black and White.
  7. The Chef from Chartwell RidgePointe will be preparing a lovely Christmas Dinner, with a Festive Christmas Menu. Do we need an assistant for small adjustments to the Christmas Dinner, or can we affirm some of the attendance and adjustments to the menu here this evening?  The sign-up and/or funds should be taken care of here, if at all possible.  If you are undecided, and need a bit more time, please attempt to reach our Treasurer for your payment ahead of time.
  8. Are there any ideas to make our ‘go-green’ Christmas, memorable? Let’s do a run through and before the Social we will have an exhilarating plan. Any ideas?
  9. Our own Secretary, in his Just For Fun! Presentation, is coming up after the break.
  10. Right now, let us welcome our Super Ditty-Master, who may change our studious interests into something different entirely! Dennis Robertson, the best!
  11. Break
  12.  Our prestigious Secretary is presenting an active writing exercise designed for everyone to break out of their serious writing mode to enter the fun mode that got them interested in writing in the first place. There will be short, quick exercises of five minute duration each, followed by a longer exercise of about ten minutes, followed by some sharing.Here he is to command our November Presentation with Writing Just For Fun!
  13. Thank you all for coming and thank you for your thoughtful participation.