Dear MW-SIG members,
It seems that spring has finally come! In my part of the country, the plum blossoms are in full bloom and the cherry blossoms will soon be making their appearance. Of course, that means that new academic year is just around the corner. Without further ado, here’s a short message to keep you informed of the happenings of your SIG.

Yours in Service,
Adam Murray
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Contents of this message:
1. Future SIG Programming
2. Presentation Opportunity
3. Links/Articles of Interest

1. Future SIG Programming
A short message from Greg Goodmacher, our Programs Chair:
Hello MW Members,
Our Materials Writing SIG is looking for presenters to join a round robin style presentation at the next national JALT conference. In such a forum, a number of people, give short presentations at tables arranged in different sections of one large room. Each presenter has a MW-related topic that he or she thinks is important. Audience members can choose which presenter they wish to speak with. After a time period (usually 15 minutes), members of the audience move to another table, and presenters alternate, too.

At the start of the forum, each person gives a one-minute introduction to what they will present. The audience listens and decides which person to listen to. Then we start. At the end of the forum, there can be summaries of what transpired, if time allows. If you are interested, please me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Adam Murray (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your proposed title and a short summary of 50 words or so. The deadline is April 20th.

Sincerely,
Greg Goodmacher

2. Back to School Conference (co-hosted with Osaka Chapter)
April 23 at Osaka Jogakuin University
Still in the early planning stages, the MW-SIG will be co-sponsoring this mini-conference. For members located in the Osaka area (and those who are interested in visiting/presenting there), there are plenty of presentation slots of available: poster, 25-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute. The deadline for short presentation abstracts (60 words or less) is March 31. The proposal submission form can be found here at: http://tinyurl.com/zvcmezz

3. On the IATEFL MaWSIG’s website is a guest post by Marcos Benevides, our featured speaker for the upcoming JALT conference about writing graded readers. http://mawsig.iatefl.org/?p=2486

Another excellent posting on John Hughes’ blog about writing dialogues and scripts. http://elteachertrainer.com/2016/03/18/a-five-minute-history-of-script-writing-in-elt-materials/ It is an excerpt from a series of affordable e-books published by ELT Teacher 2 Writer http://www.eltteacher2writer.co.uk/modules/modules-available-now
Dear MW-SIG members,
I hope that everyone has had a great start to 2016. For me, January was a hectic month that flew by! As promised, here is my monthly message to keep you up-to-date with the activities of your SIG. Although a work in progress, we have successfully updated our website. Check it out! It is now fully compatible with smartphones and other Internet-capable devices. Since becoming the Co-ordinator, I have had some great interactions with some of you. A few of you have mentioned that you have been longtime members, but are currently inactive. If you are one of these people who would like to become more active, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Anyways, enjoy your extra-long month of February!

Yours in Service,
Adam Murray
(coordinator @ materialswriters.org)
 
Contents of this message:
1. Future SIG Programming
2. Presentation Opportunity
3. Proposal Deadlines
4. Links/Articles of Interest

1. Future SIG Programming
A short message from Greg Goodmacher, our Programs Chair:
Hello MW Members,
Once again, I am asking for your feedback regarding what type of presentation that you would like the MW group to prepare for you and other MW members. Options are below, but your own suggestions are welcome. Requesting one well-published materials writer to speak on a MW topic. Requesting a variety of MW members to speak on a panel about how they got published. Requesting a variety of editors or other publishing company staff to speak on a panel about what they look for in writers and proposals. I also welcome your ideas for other topics or questions to ask any speakers or panelists to speak about. If members do not respond with feedback to this mail, the officers will discuss this matter among ourselves and decide for you, but wouldn't you like your opinion included in this process? I want to know your opinion.
Sincerely,
Greg Goodmacher
(program @ materialswriters.org)

2. Back to School Conference (co-hosted with Osaka Chapter)
April 23 at Osaka Jogakuin University
Still in the early planning stages, the MW-SIG will be co-sponsoring this mini-conference. For members located in the Osaka area (and those who are interested in visiting/presenting there), there are plenty of presentation slots of available: poster, 25-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute. The deadline for short presentation abstracts (60 words or less) is March 31. The proposal submission form can be found here at: http://tinyurl.com/zvcmezz

3. If you still haven’t submitted your proposals for PanSIG and JALT International, don’t procrastinate any longer! The deadlines for PanSIG and JALT International Conference are here. The deadline for PanSIG is February 7 http://www.pansig.org/cfp and the deadline for JALT International is February 15 http://jalt.org/conference/call-proposals

4. From the IATEFL MaWSIG’s blog here is an entry that may be of interest for members that want to work with publishers. In this blog post, Sandy Millin gives some tips for finding work and what to do when you are offered work.  http://mawsig.iatefl.org/?p=2036

Thinking of publishing through alternative methods? Here’s some food for thought: http://eflmagazine.com/unconventional-publishing/

Finally, Claire Hart describes converting paper-based materials into digital formats. http://eltjam.com/the-adaption-game-adapting-print-materials-for-digital-contexts/