We’re Back In September

IPAC takes a summer break, but meetings will resume in September. Here’s our schedule for the Autumn 2015 season, with topics to be announced in early September:

  • Saturday, September 26, 2015:
  • Saturday, October 31, 2015:
  • Saturday, November 28, 2015

All meetings held from 08:30 a.m. until noon, at the Danish Canadian Club.

Please visit our website again in September for details.

Image above: Written & copyrighted by: Neveen Wadie (QueenNeveen),


“The Story of My Book”

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Four of our members, all of them published authors, will tell their own stories of what inspired them to write their book(s) and how they successfully delivered their book(s) into our world. Their publications span a wide range, from children’s books to the outdoors, to Retirement planning and the connections between Art and Mathematics.

This part of our meeting will be moderated by David Peyto, who will also be one of the storytellers. David is the author of a number of popular books about the many interesting walks within the Calgary City limits and has interesting family connections with, among others, Bill Peyto, after whom the famous lake is named.

The other 3 storytellers are:

Irene Naested, author of Art in the Classroom and Exploring the Math and Art Connection

Valerie Walker, author of 5 books about Headley the Hedgehog and at least 3 others.

Nell Smith, author of the recently published Retire to the Life you Love

Meeting Details

As always, you will have a chance to meet and talk with other authors and self-publishers. Our members tell us over and over how much this has helped them along the writing and publishing journey.
We meet from 8:30 until noon on the last Saturday of each month. The meeting fee is $20 for members and $25 for non-members (cash or cheques only), payable at the beginning of the meeting. A full breakfast is included in the fee (the meal cannot be deducted from meeting fees because our room rental is based on the number of attendees).

Reserve for this session at MeetUp.

Location: Danish Canadian Club, 727 – 11th Avenue S.W. Lots of free parking in the club parking lot, on the west side of the building. Enter through the Club doors on the west side of the building and watch for directions, or check with Club staff.


  • 0830: Breakfast buffet
  • 0900: Members and guests briefly introduce themselves
  • 0945: Presentations by our authors/publishers
  • 10:30: Break and networking
  • 11:00: Further presentations or networking time
  • 12:00: Adjourn

Reserve for this session through MeetUp.


The Soul Speaks: Music for Inspired Writers

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sharon Carne & Lorraine Kneier

“Music is a transparent transition between my heart and the heart of the world. It is something elevating and exhilarating.”

CarnesCoverSharon and Lorraine will guide us through an Experience of how music can inspire our writing. They have promised to do their presentation in Rondo form, so we’re in for a really special treat!

Sharon Carne is the author of Listen from the Inside Out. We assume that we listen with our ears. The fact is we listen with our entire body. Few of us are aware of the impact sounds have on us, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And fewer still, know how to use sound beneficially. Sound and music can reduce symptoms of stress in minutes, strengthen your immune system, enhance your concentration and so much more.

Sharon is an author, speaker, musician, recording artist, sound healer and Reiki master. She has been a faculty member of The Conservatory at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta since 1988. She’s the founder of Sound Wellness, whose programs are at the forefront of education in how sound and music can be easily applied to your everyday life – to reduce stress, support your health and more.

Lorraine Kneier’s book, Music: A Window to the Soul, presents a focused look at the life and works of great composers from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

She believes that music is a powerful and lifelong source of energy. It is not surprising that she has found the music of the masters – the slow movements, the heartbeat movements – to be wonderful vehicles for reaching the core of the human spirit. Through her writing and teaching, she hopes to convey the many ways in which music enhances our awareness of beauty and love.

Printing Your Book

Getting your Manuscript into Print

Saturday, March 28, 2015

rsz_1boycarryingbooksRobyn Birkhiem and Kevin Lanuke of Blitzprint bring us up to date with everything aspiring authors need to know about getting their books into print. They will show a range of examples of book projects past, recent and current.

Kevin is the President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and founder of Blitzprint Inc. His experience in business operations, administration and technology management, combined with his strong vision and enterprising attitude, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the print and publishing industries.

Robyn is the Graphic Designer, and Customer Service Representative at Blitzprint Inc. After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Visual Communications, Robyn uses her experience to guide authors through the design and printing process of their books.