Dear MW-SIG members,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Golden Week and is ready to go for the next part of the semester. I am pleased to officially announce that our Program Chair, Greg Goodmacher, has begun an exciting initiative that will be very useful for our members - the Member Publication List on Materials Creation. Although it is still in the planning stages, it looks like we will have another exciting Forum at JALT2017. If you are interested in participating, don't delay! Also, we are looking for submissions for the upcoming issue of Between the Keys, if you or one of your colleagues are interested in submitting something, please contact the Publication Chair, Jim Smiley (sendaismiley @ gmail . com) Please see here for more information regarding our submission policies. And please note that the next deadline for submissions is July 10th.

Yours in Service,
Adam Murray
(coordinator @ materialswriters . org)

Dear Readers,
Allow me to introduce what is likely to be my last issue as Publications Chair of Between the Keys.

We, the Material Writers team, after our individual blurbs, bring you a host of articles in our new-look publication. We kick off with what is going to be a regular column – Local Notes where we interview Japan-based material writers. Our first interview is with Yukari Kasuda who has recently published not just one but two books!

You may remember from a previous issue part one of Richard Walker’s Confessions of a Collaborator. Well worry not; in this edition we bring you the second and concluding part of his account of writing an in-house textbook for use at Reitaku University.

Moving on from that, we finish with a ‘My Share’ from Kinsella Valies in which she explains how to assess student ability to apply listening, speaking and writing strategies studies by having them listen to an English language presentation by a guest speaker.

Finally, allow me to reiterate what Adam has already said; the team are always looking for people who want to get involved with the creation of BtK, either in a chair role or something less demanding. Interested? Contact our coordinator, Adam Murray, without delay!

Thank you for your support over the last eighteen months or so.

James Essex
Publications Chair